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Manuel Simeon CORLEY

(1823-1902)

CORLEY, Manuel Simeon, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Lexington County, S.C., February 10, 1823; was a student in Lexington Academy four years; engaged in business in 1838; opposed the first attempt at secession of South Carolina in 1852, when an effort was made to expel him from the State; editor of the South Carolina Temperance Standard in 1855 and 1856; entered the Confederate Army in 1863; captured by Union troops at Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865; took the oath of allegiance June 5, 1865; delegate to the constitutional convention of South Carolina in 1867; upon the readmission of South Carolina to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress and served from July 25, 1868, to March 3, 1869; special agent of the United States Treasury in 1869; commissioner of agricultural statistics of South Carolina in 1870; treasurer of Lexington County in 1874; died in Lexington, S.C., November 20, 1902; interment in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Cemetery.

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

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