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William Hepburn ARMSTRONG

(1824-1919)

ARMSTRONG, William Hepburn, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pa., September 7, 1824; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Princeton College in 1847; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Williamsport, Pa.; served in the State house of representatives in 1860 and 1861; declined a commission as president judge of the twenty-sixth judicial circuit of Pennsylvania in 1862; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; declined the office of commissioner of Indian affairs tendered by President Grant; commissioner of railroads 1882-1885; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, Pa., until 1898, when he retired from active business pursuits; moved to Wilmington, Del., where he died on May 14, 1919; interment in Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery.

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

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