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Joseph Wales CLIFT

(1837-1908)

CLIFT, Joseph Wales, a Representative from Georgia; born in North Marshfield, Plymouth County, Mass., September 30, 1837; attended the common schools and Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.; was graduated from the medical school of Harvard University in 1862; entered the Union Army and was acting surgeon from July 13, 1862, to August 7, 1865; served in the Army of the Potomac until November 18, 1866; practiced medicine in Savannah, Ga.; appointed registrar of the city of Savannah by Major General Pope under the reconstruction acts; upon the readmission of Georgia to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress and served from July 25, 1868, to March 3, 1869; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-first Congress, but was not permitted to qualify; died in Rock City Falls, Saratoga County, N.Y., May 2, 1908; interment in the cemetery adjoining the Clift estate, North Marshfield, Mass.

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

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