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Nathaniel Cobb DEERING

(1827-1887)

DEERING, Nathaniel Cobb, a Representative from Iowa; born in Denmark, Oxford County, Maine, September 2, 1827; attended the common schools and was graduated from North Bridgeton Academy; member of the State house of representatives from Penobscot County in 1855 and 1856; moved to Iowa, and settled in Osage, Mitchell County, in 1857; engaged in the lumber business and built and operated a sawmill; for several years a clerk in the United States Senate, but resigned in 1865; special agent of the Post Office Department for the district of Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska from 1865 to 1869, when he resigned; national-bank examiner for the State of Iowa 1872-1877; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1883); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Forty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1882; engaged in agricultural pursuits; also interested in cattle raising in Montana, and at the time of his death served as president of a large cattle company in that territory; died in Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa, December 11, 1887; interment in Osage Cemetery.

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

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