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Charles BILLINGHURST

(1818-1865)

BILLINGHURST, Charles, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Brighton, Franklin County, N.Y., July 27, 1818; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1847 and commenced practice in Rochester, N.Y.; moved to Wisconsin the same year and settled in Juneau, Dodge County; continued the practice of his profession; elected as a member of the first State legislature of Wisconsin in 1848; was elected a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1852; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth and as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Juneau, Wis., where he died August 18, 1865; interment in Juneau Cemetery.

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

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