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Alpheus FELCH

(1804-1896)
Senate Years of Service:
1847-1853
Party:
Democrat

FELCH, Alpheus, a Senator from Michigan; born in Limerick, York County, Maine, September 28, 1804; prepared for college in Phillips Academy, Exeter, N.H., and graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1827; studied law; admitted to the bar and practiced in Houlton, Maine, from 1830 to 1833; moved to Monroe, Mich., in 1833 and continued the practice of law; member, State house of representatives 1835-1837; State bank commissioner 1838-1839; state auditor general 1842; appointed associate justice of the Michigan supreme court in 1842 and served until his resignation in 1845, having been elected Governor; Governor of Michigan 1846-1847; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in February 1847 and served from March 4, 1847, to March 3, 1853; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expense (Thirtieth Congress), Committee on Public Land (Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses); president of the commission to settle Spanish and Mexican war claims 1853-1856; died in Ann Arbor, Mich., June 13, 1896; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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