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William Farrington ALDRICH

(1853-1925)

ALDRICH, William Farrington, (brother of Truman Heminway Aldrich and great, great grandfather of William J. Edwards), a Representative from Alabama; born in Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y., March 11, 1853; attended the public schools of his native city; moved with his father to New York City in 1865; attended several schools, and was graduated from Warren’s Military Academy in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1873; moved to Alabama in 1874; engaged in mining and manufacturing; built up the town that bears his name; successfully contested as a Republican the election of Gaston A. Robbins to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from March 13, 1896, to March 3, 1897; successfully contested the election of Thomas S. Plowman to the Fifty-fifth Congress and served from February 9, 1898, to March 3, 1899; again successfully contested the election of Gaston A. Robbins to the Fifty-sixth Congress and served from March 8, 1900, to March 3, 1901; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1900; editor, owner, and publisher of the Birmingham (Ala.) Times; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1904; engaged in the development of mineral lands until his death in Birmingham, Ala., October 30, 1925; the remains were cremated and deposited in the family vault in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

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

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