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Josiah Williams BEGOLE

(1815-1896)

BEGOLE, Josiah Williams, a Representative from Michigan; born in Groveland, Livingston County, N.Y., January 20, 1815; attended the public schools in Mount Morris and Temple Hill Academy, Geneseo, N.Y.; moved to Flint, Genesee County, Mich., in August 1836; taught school in 1837 and 1838; engaged in agricultural pursuits from 1839 to 1856; school inspector; justice of the peace and township treasurer; county treasurer 1856-1864; engaged in the lumber business in 1863; member of the State senate in 1870 and 1871; member of the city council for three years; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1872; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; resumed the lumber business and later engaged in the manufacture of wagons; also engaged in banking; Governor of Michigan 1883-1885; resumed his former business activities; died in Flint, Mich., June 5, 1896; interment in Glenwood Cemetery.

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

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