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Roswell Peter BISHOP

(1843-1920)

BISHOP, Roswell Peter, a Representative from Michigan; born in Sidney, Delaware County, N.Y., January 6, 1843; attended Unadilla Academy, Cooperstown Seminary, and Walton Academy, New York; taught school several years; during the Civil War enlisted as a private in Company C, Forty-third Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, in 1861 and was discharged in December 1862 because of a wound which necessitated the amputation of his right arm; entered the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in September 1868 where he remained until December 1872; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Ann Arbor in May 1875 and commenced practice in Ludington, Mason County, Mich.; elected prosecuting attorney of Mason County in 1876, 1878, and 1884; member of the State house of representatives in 1882 and 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1907); chairman, Committee on Ventilation and Acoustics (Fifty-seventh through Fifty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1906; resumed the practice of law in Ludington, Mich.; served as a member of the Michigan constitutional convention in 1907; was appointed a member of the Spanish Treaty Claims Commission in December 1907 and served until the work of the commission was completed; moved to Hollister, Calif., in 1910 and engaged in fruit growing; died at Pacific Grove, Monterey County, Calif., March 4, 1920; interment in the El Carmelo Cemetery.

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

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