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Calvin Clifford CHAFFEE

(1811-1896)

CHAFFEE, Calvin Clifford, a Representative from Massachusetts; born at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on August 28, 1811; attended the common schools; studied medicine, and was graduated from the medical school of Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt., in 1835; settled in Springfield, Mass., where he began the practice of his profession; elected on the American Party ticket to the Thirty-fourth Congress and as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859); was not a candidate for renomination in 1858; librarian of the House of Representatives 1860-1862; settled in Washington, D.C., and engaged in the practice of medicine until 1876, when he moved to Springfield, Mass.; president of the Union Relief Association 1880-1893; died in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., on August 8, 1896; interment in Springfield Cemetery.

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

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