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John Frederick DEZENDORF

(1834-1894)

DEZENDORF, John Frederick, a Representative from Virginia; born in Lansingburg, Rensselaer County, N.Y., August 10, 1834; pursued an academic course; learned the carpenter’s trade; studied architecture and civil engineering; engaged in railroad and other building at Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, 1850-1860, and later, from 1860 to 1862, in mercantile pursuits; moved to Norfolk, Va., in 1863 and engaged in the shipping business until 1866; surveyor of Norfolk City and County 1866-1869; assistant assessor of the United States internal revenue from September 9, 1870, to August 6, 1872; appraiser of merchandise at the Norfolk customhouse from August 7, 1872, until the position was abolished in 1877; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); engaged in the construction business; died in Norfolk, Va., June 22, 1894; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

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

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