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Joseph Stewart COTTMAN

(1803-1863)

COTTMAN, Joseph Stewart, a Representative from Maryland; born near Allen, Somerset (now Wicomico) County, Md., August 16, 1803; completed preparatory studies; attended Princeton College in 1821 and Yale College in 1822 and 1823; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1826 and commenced practice in Princess Anne, Md.; member of the State house of delegates in 1831, 1832, and again in 1839; served in the State senate in 1837; elected as an Independent Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law; also engaged in agricultural and literary pursuits; died on his farm “Mortherton,” near Allen, Wicomico County, Md., January 28, 1863; interment in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Churchyard, Princess Anne, Md.

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

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