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William Henry Frederick FIEDLER

(1847-1919)

FIEDLER, William Henry Frederick, a Representative from New Jersey; born in New York City, August 25, 1847; moved to New Jersey with his parents, who settled in Newark; attended the public and high schools; apprenticed to the hat-finishing trade at the age of fifteen; employed as clerk and engaged in the retail hat and later in the men’s clothing business; elected an alderman of Newark in 1876 and 1878; member of the State house of assembly in 1878 and 1879; mayor of Newark 1880-1882; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1881; again a member of the State house of assembly in 1882; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; appointed postmaster of Newark, N.J., March 29, 1886, and served until October 1, 1889; resumed his former business pursuits until 1905, when he engaged in the real estate business and in banking; unsuccessful candidate for mayor in 1904; died in Newark, N.J., January 1, 1919; interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

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

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