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John McCreath FARQUHAR

(1832-1918)

FARQUHAR, John McCreath, a Representative from New York; born near Ayr, Scotland, April 17, 1832; attended Ayr Academy; immigrated to the United States when a boy and settled in Buffalo, N.Y.; was a printer, editor, and publisher for thirty-three years; president of the International Typographical Union 1860-1862; enlisted in the Union Army August 9, 1862, as a private in Company B, Eighty-ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and promoted to major; served as judge advocate and as inspector in the Fourth Army Corps; was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for action at the battlefield of Stone River, Tenn.; returned to Buffalo, N.Y., and resumed business activities; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); chairman, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Fifty-first Congress); was not a candidate for renomination to the Fifty-second Congress; member of the United States Industrial Commission 1898-1902; retired from public life and active business pursuits; died in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 24, 1918; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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

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