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John Thomas DEWEESE

(1835-1906)

DEWEESE, John Thomas, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Van Buren, Crawford County, Ark., June 4, 1835; educated at home; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1856 and commenced practice in Henderson, Ky.; resident of Denver, Colo., for some years; moved to Pike County, Ind., in 1860; entered the Union Army July 6, 1861, as second lieutenant of Company E, Twenty-fourth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served with that command until February 15, 1862, when he resigned; mustered in as captain of Company F, Fourth Indiana Cavalry, August 8, 1862; successively promoted to rank of colonel; moved to North Carolina; upon the reorganization of the Army was appointed second lieutenant, Eighth United States Infantry, July 24, 1866; resigned August 14, 1867, having been elected to Congress; appointed register in bankruptcy for North Carolina in 1868; upon the readmission of North Carolina to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses and served from July 6, 1868, to February 28, 1870, when he resigned, pending the investigation of certain appointments to the United States Military and Naval Academies; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Forty-first Congress), Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Forty-first Congress); censured by the House of Representatives on March 1, 1870, for selling an appointment to the Naval Academy; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876; resumed the practice of law; died in Washington, D.C., July 4, 1906; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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

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