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John ARNOT, Jr.

(1831-1886)

ARNOT, John, Jr., a Representative from New York; born in Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y., March 11, 1831; educated at private schools in his native city; entered Yale College, but left before graduation to enter business; upon the death of his father became engaged in banking in Elmira; president of the village 1859-1864; president of the board of trustees of the village of Elmira in 1859, 1860, and 1864; during the Civil War served as Army paymaster with the rank of major in Elmira; when the village of Elmira was chartered as a city, was elected mayor in 1864, 1870, and 1874; declined the proffered nomination as Democratic candidate for Congress in 1882, but accepted nomination at a subsequent convention; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses and served from March 4, 1883, until his death in Elmira, N.Y., November 20, 1886; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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