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Isaac CLEMENTS

(1837-1909)

CLEMENTS, Isaac, a Representative from Illinois; born near Brookville, Franklin County, Ind., March 31, 1837; attended the common schools; was graduated from the Indiana Asbury College (now De Pauw University), Greencastle, Ind., in 1859; studied law in Greencastle; moved to Illinois and taught school; entered the Union Army in July 1861 and served as second lieutenant of Company G, Ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; remained in the service over three years; was twice promoted; appointed register in bankruptcy in June 1867; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; appointed a United States penitentiary commissioner in 1877; United States pension agent at Chicago, Ill., from March 18, 1890, until November 4, 1893; moved to Normal, Ill., in 1899; superintendent of the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home at Normal, Ill.; died in Danville, Vermilion County, Ill., May 31, 1909; interment in Home Cemetery.

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

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