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George Leroy CONVERSE

(1827-1897)

CONVERSE, George Leroy, a Representative from Ohio; born in Georgesville, Franklin County, Ohio, June 4, 1827; attended the common schools and Central College, Ohio, and was graduated from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, in 1849; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Columbus, Ohio, in 1852; prosecuting attorney of Franklin County in 1857; member of the State house of representatives 1860-1863 and 1874-1876 and speaker of the house in 1874; member of the State senate in 1864 and 1865; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh, and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1885); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Forty-sixth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; delegate to the Nicaraguan Canal Convention in 1892, and made chairman of this and the subsequent convention held in New Orleans; died in Columbus, Ohio, March 30, 1897; interment in Green Lawn Cemetery.

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

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