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Charles Jefferson ALBRIGHT

(1816-1883)

ALBRIGHT, Charles Jefferson, a Representative from Ohio; born in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa., May 9, 1816; moved with his parents in 1824 to Allegheny County, Pa.; received a limited schooling; was employed in a harness shop and as a clerk in a rural store; apprenticed as a printer; moved to Guernsey County, Ohio, in 1832 and settled on a farm near Cambridge; owner and publisher of the Guernsey Times 1840-1845 and 1848-1855; served as secretary of the Guernsey County Board of School Examiners 1841-1844; elected as an Opposition Party candadate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; served as vice president at the Republican State convention in 1855; delegate to the first and second Republican National Conventions in 1856 and in 1860; during the Civil War served as chairman of the Guernsey County Military Committee; internal revenue collector for the sixteenth Ohio district, by appointment of President Lincoln, 1862-1869; delegate to the third State constitutional convention in 1873; member of the State board of charities in 1875; president of the board of school examiners of the Cambridge Union School 1881-1883; died in Cambridge, Ohio, October 21, 1883; interment in South Cemetery.

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

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