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Ernest Francis ACHESON

(1855-1917)

ACHESON, Ernest Francis, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Washington, Washington County, Pa., September 19, 1855; attended the public schools; was graduated from Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa., in 1875; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1877 and practiced until 1879; purchased the Washington Weekly Observer, of which he was editor; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1884 and 1896; established a daily edition of the Observer in 1889; elected president of the Pennsylvania Editorial Association in January 1893 and in June of the same year was chosen recording secretary of the National Editorial Association; trustee of Washington and Jefferson College 1894-1917; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1909); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1908; resumed editorial work until his retirement in 1912; died in Washington, Pa., May 16, 1917; interment in Washington Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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