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CASSERLY, Eugene, a Senator from California; born in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland, November 13, 1820; immigrated to the United States in 1822 with his parents, who settled in New York; prepared for college by his father; graduated from Georgetown College, Washington, D.C.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in New York City; editor of the Freeman’s Journal and contributor to newspapers in other cities; corporation counsel of New York City 1846-1847; moved to San Francisco, Calif., in 1850 and published the Public Balance, the True Balance, and the Standard; elected State printer in 1851; retired from journalism and resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1869, to November 29, 1873, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses), Committee on Pacific Railroads (Forty-second Congress); again engaged in the practice of law in San Francisco, Calif.; member of the constitutional convention of California in 1878 and 1879; died in San Francisco June 14, 1883; interment in Calvary Cemetery; reinterred in 1904 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, Calif.

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

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