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Isaac Peckham CHRISTIANCY

(1812-1890)
Senate Years of Service:
1875-1879
Party:
Republican

CHRISTIANCY, Isaac Peckham, a Senator from Michigan; born near Johnstown, Fulton County, N.Y., March 12, 1812; attended the common schools and Johnstown and Ovid Academies; taught school; studied law; moved to Monroe, Mich., in 1836; admitted to the bar and practiced in Monroe 1838-1858; prosecuting attorney for Monroe County 1841-1846; unsuccessful Free Soil candidate for Governor in 1852; member, State senate 1850-1852; aided in the organizing of the Republican Party in 1854; editor and proprietor of the Monroe Commercial 1857; associate judge of the Michigan supreme court 1857-1875; served as chief justice 1872-1874; was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1875, to February 10, 1879, when he resigned owing to ill health; chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws (Forty-fifth Congress); United States Minister to Peru 1879-1881; returned to Lansing and resumed the practice of law; died in Lansing, Mich., September 8, 1890; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Monroe, Monroe County, Mich.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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