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James John FARAN

(1808-1892)

FARAN, James John, a Representative from Ohio; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 29, 1808; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1831; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Cincinnati; elected as a Democrat a member of the State house of representatives 1835-1839 and served as speaker in 1838 and 1839; served in the State senate 1839-1843, and was its presiding officer 1841-1843; associate editor and proprietor of the Cincinnati Enquirer 1844-1881; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Twenty-ninth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1848; appointed by Governor Medill one of the commissioners to supervise the erection of the State capitol in 1854; mayor of Cincinnati 1855-1857; appointed by President Buchanan postmaster of Cincinnati June 4, 1855, and served until October 21, 1859; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860; engaged in newspaper work until shortly before his death; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 12, 1892; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery.

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

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