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John Wilson CANDLER

(1828-1903)

CANDLER, John Wilson, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., February 10, 1828; attended the Marblehead Academy and Dummer Academy, Byfield, Mass.; entered a countingroom in Boston in 1845; merchant, engaged in shipping and commerce with the East and West Indies and South America; served as a member of the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1866; chairman of the commissioners of prisons of Massachusetts; president of the Boston Board of Trade and of the Commercial Club of Boston; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; elected to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; engaged in mercantile pursuits until his retirement in 1893; died in Providence, R.I., March 16, 1903; interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.

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

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