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Alexander Woodruff BUEL

(1813-1868)

BUEL, Alexander Woodruff, a Representative from Michigan; born in Castleton, Vt., December 13, 1813; attended the public schools in Poultney, Vt., and was graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1830; taught school and studied law; moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1834; was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice in Detroit, Mich.; city attorney in 1837; member of the State house of representatives in 1838 and 1848, serving as speaker the latter year; prosecuting attorney for Wayne County 1843-1846; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law; again a member of the State house of representatives, in 1859 and 1860; appointed postmaster of Detroit on September 28, 1860, and served until March 18, 1861; died in Detroit, Mich., April 19, 1868; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

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

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