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Elisha EMBREE

(1801-1863)

EMBREE, Elisha, a Representative from Indiana; born in Lincoln County, Ky., September 28, 1801; moved to Indiana in 1811 with his father, who settled in Knox (now Gibson) County, near where Princeton was subsequently located; received limited schooling; engaged in agricultural pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Princeton, Gibson County, Ind.; circuit judge for the fourth circuit of Indiana 1835-1845; was nominated as the Whig candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1849, but declined, preferring to run for Congress; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law and also interested in farming; died in Princeton, Ind., February 28, 1863; interment in Warnock Cemetery.

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

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