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Albert Palaska FORSYTHE

(1830-1906)

FORSYTHE, Albert Palaska, a Representative from Illinois; born in New Richmond, Clermont County, Ohio, May 24, 1830; attended the common schools and Asbury University (now De Pauw University), Greencastle, Ind.; admitted into the Indiana conference of the Methodist Church as a traveling preacher in 1853 and served eight years; during the Civil War served in the Union Army as first lieutenant of Company I, Ninety-seventh Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry; moved to Illinois in 1865 and settled on a farm west of Paris, Edgar County; took an active part in the Grange movement and served six years as master of the State Grange of Illinois; elected as a Greenbacker (National Party) to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; moved to Kansas in 1882 and engaged in agricultural pursuits near Liberty, Independence County; regent of the Kansas State Agricultural College 1886-1892; moved to Independence, Kans., where he died September 2, 1906; interment in Liberty Cemetery, Liberty, Kans.

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

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