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Lorenzo DANFORD

(1829-1899)

DANFORD, Lorenzo, a Representative from Ohio; born in Washington Township, Belmont County, Ohio, on October 18, 1829; attended the common schools and a college at Waynesburg, Pa., for two years; studied law; was admitted to the bar at St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, in September 1854, and commenced practice there; presidential elector on the American Party ticket in 1856; prosecuting attorney of Belmont County from 1857 to 1861, when he resigned to enlist in the Fifteenth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as a private; commissioned a lieutenant and later a captain, and served until honorably discharged in August 1864; resumed the practice of his profession in St. Clairsville; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third, Forty-fourth, and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1879); was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; resumed the practice of his profession; elected to the Fifty-fourth, Fifty-fifth, and Fifty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1895, until his death in St. Clairsville, Ohio, June 19, 1899; chairman, Committee on Immigration and Naturalization (Fifty-fifth Congress); interment in the Methodist Episcopal Cemetery.

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

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