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Henry Lutz CAKE

(1827-1899)

CAKE, Henry Lutz, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pa., on October 6, 1827; attended the common and private schools; learned the art of printing, and published the Pottsville (Pa.) Mining Record until the Civil War; entered the Union Army April 17, 1861, as a second lieutenant, and was elected colonel of the Twenty-fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, in Washington, D.C., May 1, 1861; reorganized the regiment after three months’ service; commanded the Ninety-sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, from September 23, 1861, to March 12, 1863, when he resigned and settled in Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, Pa.; engaged in the mining and shipping of anthracite coal; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1871); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Forty-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1870; resumed the mining and shipping of coal; died in Northumberland, Pa., August 26, 1899; interment in Riverview Cemetery.

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

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