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James Soloman BIERY

(1839-1904)

BIERY, James Soloman, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born on a farm near Emlenton, Venango County, Pa., March 2, 1839; attended the district schools, a select school of the county, and Emlenton (Pa.) Academy; taught school for three years in the oil regions of Pennsylvania; moved to Allentown, Lehigh County, Pa., in 1861 and continued teaching for eight years; studied theology for two years; subsequently studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Allentown; member of the State house of representatives in 1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; resumed the practice of law at Allentown and also engaged in literary pursuits; died in Allentown, Pa., December 3, 1904; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

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

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