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John Van Lear FINDLAY

(1839-1907)

FINDLAY, John Van Lear, a Representative from Maryland; born at Mount Tammany, near Williamsport, Washington County, Md., December 21, 1839; was privately tutored and pursued classical studies; was graduated from Princeton College in 1858; member of the State house of delegates in 1861 and 1862; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Baltimore, Md., in 1869; collector of internal revenue for the third district of Maryland at Baltimore in 1865 and 1866; appointed city solicitor for Baltimore in 1876 and served two years; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); resumed the practice of law; appointed a member of the Venezuelan Claims Commission in 1889; nominated as arbitrator on the Chilean Claims Commission in 1893, but the Senate rejected the nomination; died in Baltimore, Md., April 19, 1907; interment in Greenmount Cemetery.

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

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