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Oliver James DICKEY

(1823-1876)

DICKEY, Oliver James, (son of John Dickey), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Old Brighton, Beaver County, Pa., April 6, 1823; completed preparatory studies; attended Beaver Academy and Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar at Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., in 1844 and practiced; district attorney of Lancaster County 1856-1859; during the Civil War served as lieutenant colonel of the Tenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Thaddeus Stevens and on the same day was elected to the Forty-first Congress; reelected to the Forty-second Congress and served from December 7, 1868, to March 3, 1873; was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; delegate to the State constitutional convention at Harrisburg in 1873; resumed the practice of law in Lancaster, Pa., and died there April 21, 1876; interment in Woodward Hill Cemetery.

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

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