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William Barclay CHARLES

(1861-1950)

CHARLES, William Barclay, a Representative from New York; born in Glasgow, Scotland, April 3, 1861; attended private schools and high schools in Stirling and Glasgow, Scotland; immigrated to the United States in 1884; spent two years ranching in Texas and Mexico; settled in Amsterdam, N.Y., in 1886 and engaged in textile manufacturing; member of the State assembly 1904-1906; director of the Amsterdam First National Bank; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1917); was not a candidate for renomination in 1916; reengaged in the textile business until his retirement; died in Amsterdam, N.Y., November 25, 1950; interment in Green Hill Cemetery.

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

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