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Latimer Whipple BALLOU

(1812-1900)

BALLOU, Latimer Whipple, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Cumberland, R.I., March 1, 1812; attended the public schools and the local academies in his native town; moved to Cambridge, Mass., in 1828 and learned the art of printing at the University Press; was instrumental in establishing the Cambridge Press in 1835 and continued in the printing business until 1842, when he moved to Woonsocket, R.I.; engaged in banking in 1850; was active in the organization of the Republican Party in 1856; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1872; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1881); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1880; engaged in his former business pursuits until his death in Woonsocket, Providence County, R.I., May 9, 1900; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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