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William Fred BIRCH

(1870-1946)

BIRCH, William Fred, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Newark, N.J., August 30, 1870; moved with his parents to Phillipsburg, N.J., in 1872 and to Dover, Morris County, N.J., in 1874; attended the public schools and was graduated from the New Jersey State Model School at Trenton and from Coleman’s Business College at Newark in 1887; engaged in the manufacture of boilers and smokestacks at Dover; member of the Dover Common Council for several years; city recorder 1904-1909; member of the State house of assembly 1910-1912; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John H. Capstick and served from November 5, 1918, to March 3, 1919; was not a candidate for renomination in 1918; resumed his former manufacturing pursuits; also engaged in the fire-insurance and automobile businesses and was interested in banking; retired from business activities in 1941; died in Glen Ridge, N.J., January 25, 1946; interment in Orchard Street Cemetery, Dover, N.J.

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

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