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Joseph Benton DONLEY

(1838-1917)

DONLEY, Joseph Benton, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Mount Morris, Greene County, Pa., on October 10, 1838; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Waynesburg (Pa.) College in 1859; member of the faculty of Abingdon (Ill.) College 1860-1862; entered the Union Army as a captain in the Eighty-third Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in 1862 and served throughout the war; was graduated from the Albany (N.Y.) Law School in 1866; was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in Waynesburg, Pa.; referee in bankruptcy in 1867 and 1868; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; resumed the practice of his profession in Waynesburg, Pa., and died there January 23, 1917; interment in Green Mount Cemetery.

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

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