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Samuel Thompson BUSEY

(1835-1909)

BUSEY, Samuel Thompson, a Representative from Illinois; born in Greencastle, Putnam County, Ind., November 16, 1835; moved with his parents to Urbana, Ill.; attended the public schools; studied law; attended commercial college and law lectures in 1859 and 1860; during the Civil War served as first sergeant and then first lieutenant of the Urbana Zouaves in 1861 and 1862; town collector in 1862; second lieutenant in the recruiting service in June 1862 and helped to organize the Seventy-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; captain of Company B of that regiment June 22, 1862; lieutenant colonel August 22, 1862; colonel January 7, 1863; brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers April 9, 1865; mustered out of the service July 22, 1865, in Chicago, Ill.; engaged in banking from 1867 to 1888; mayor of Urbana 1880-1889; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; again engaged in banking; died in Urbana, Ill., August 12, 1909; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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