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Francis Alanson CUNNINGHAM

(1804-1864)

CUNNINGHAM, Francis Alanson, a Representative from Ohio; born in Abbeville District, S.C., November 9, 1804; moved to Eaton, Ohio, in 1826; taught school; studied medicine and commenced practice in 1829; clerk of the court of Preble County in 1833; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1847 and began practice in Eaton; appointed additional paymaster of Volunteers by President Polk December 30, 1847; was commissioned paymaster in the Regular Army March 2, 1849, and was retired from active service August 27, 1863; died in Eaton, Preble County, Ohio, August 16, 1864; interment in Mount Hill Cemetery.

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

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