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Russell ERRETT

(1817-1891)

ERRETT, Russell, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in New York City, November 10, 1817; moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1829; engaged in newspaper work; elected comptroller of Pittsburgh in 1860; served as clerk of the Pennsylvania senate in 1860, 1861, and 1872-1876; during the Civil War was appointed additional paymaster in the United States Army in 1861 and served until mustered out in 1866; member of the State senate in 1867; appointed assessor of internal revenue in 1869, and served until 1873; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1883); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Forty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; appointed by President Arthur as United States pension agent at Pittsburgh in 1883 and served in this capacity until May 1887; died in Carnegie, Pa., April 7, 1891; interment in Chartiers Cemetery.

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

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