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John Rufus EDIE

(1814-1888)

EDIE, John Rufus, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pa., January 14, 1814; attended the public schools, Emmitsburg (Md.) College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; principal of the Gettysburg schools for several years; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in Somerset, Pa.; member of the State senate in 1845 and 1846; appointed deputy attorney general in 1847 and served until 1850; district attorney 1850-1854; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859); was not a candidate for renomination in 1858; commissioned a major of the Fifteenth Regiment, United States Infantry, May 14, 1861; promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1863 and served with the Fifteenth and Eighth Regiments, United States Infantry, until January 1871, when he was honorably discharged; brevetted colonel September 1, 1864; resumed the practice of law in Somerset, Pa., and died there August 27, 1888; interment in Union Cemetery.

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

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