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Edward DEGENER

(1809-1890)

DEGENER, Edward, a Representative from Texas; born in Brunswick, Germany, October 20, 1809; pursued an academic course in Germany and in England; twice a member of the legislative body in Anhalt-Dessau and a member of the first German National Assembly in Frankfort on the Main in 1848; immigrated to the United States in 1850 and located in Sisterdale, Kendall County, Tex.; engaged in agricultural pursuits; during the Civil War was court-martialed and imprisoned by the Confederates because of his devotion to the Union cause; after his release from imprisonment engaged in the wholesale grocery business in San Antonio; member of the Texas constitutional conventions in 1866 and 1868; upon the readmission of the State of Texas to representation was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress and served from March 31, 1870, to March 3, 1871; unsuccessful for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; member of the city council of San Antonio, Tex., 1872-1878; died in San Antonio, Texas, September 11, 1890; interment in the City Cemetery.

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

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