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John Myers FELDER

(1782-1851)

FELDER, John Myers, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Orangeburg District, S.C., July 7, 1782; was graduated from Yale College in 1804; studied law in the Litchfield (Conn.) Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1808 and commenced practice in Orangeburg, S.C.; major of drafted militia in the War of 1812; elected a trustee of South Carolina College in 1812; member of the State house of representatives 1812-1816 and 1822-1824; served in the State senate 1816-1820; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress and as a Nullifier to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1835); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1834; engaged extensively in agricultural pursuits and in the lumber business; member of the State senate from 1840 until his death in Union Point, Ga., September 1, 1851; interment in the family burial ground on his former plantation, “Midway,” near Orangeburg, S.C.

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

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