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Richard Sprigg CANBY

(1808-1895)

CANBY, Richard Sprigg, a Representative from Ohio; born in Lebanon, Ohio, September 30, 1808; completed preparatory studies; attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1826-1828; engaged in mercantile pursuits and while thus employed studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1840 and commenced practice in Bellefontaine, Ohio; member of the State house of representatives in 1845 and 1846; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); engaged in agricultural pursuits; upon its formation in 1856 affiliated with the Republican Party; moved to Olney, Richland County, Ill., in 1863, where he resumed the practice of law; elected judge of the second judicial circuit court of Illinois in 1867 and served for several years; again resumed the practice of his profession in Olney; discontinued active business pursuits in 1882, and lived in retirement until his death; died in Olney, Ill., July 27, 1895; interment in Haven Hill Cemetery.

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

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