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William Astor CHANLER

(1867-1934)

CHANLER, William Astor, (son of John Winthrop Chanler), a Representative from New York; born in Newport, R.I., June 11, 1867; attended St. John’s School, Ossining, N.Y., Phillips Academy, Exeter, N.H., and Harvard University for two years; Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London; explored the territory in the vicinity of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1889; delegate to the State Republican convention at Saratoga in 1896; member of the State assembly in 1897; during the Spanish-American War was appointed captain and assistant adjutant general of Volunteers on May 10, 1898; served as acting ordnance officer, Cavalry Division, Fifth Army Corps, from May 23 to August 23, 1898; participated in the Battle of Santiago; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1901); was not a candidate for renomination in 1900; traveler, author, and explorer; moved to Europe in 1920; died in Menton, A. M., France, March 4, 1934; interment in Trinity Church Cemetery, New York City.

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

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