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Sewall Spaulding FARWELL

(1834-1909)

FARWELL, Sewall Spaulding, a Representative from Iowa; born in Keene, Coshocton County, Ohio, April 26, 1834; attended the common schools and an academy in Cleveland, Ohio; moved to Iowa in 1852 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; during the Civil War enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 as captain of Company H, Thirty-first Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry; promoted to major in 1864, and served until the close of the war; member of the State senate 1865-1869; assessor of internal revenue 1869-1873; collector of internal revenue 1875-1881; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; president of the Monticello State Bank; died in Monticello, Iowa, September 21, 1909; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

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