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William Swan GARVIN

(1806-1883)

GARVIN, William Swan, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Mercer, Mercer County, Pa., on July 25, 1806; pursued an academic course; editor of the Western Press, in Mercer, for fifty years; appointed postmaster of Mercer January 3, 1837, and served until June 12, 1841; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Twenty-ninth Congress); flour inspector in Pittsburgh, Pa.; again appointed postmaster of Mercer April 10, 1867, and served until June 23, 1869; engaged in journalism; died in Mercer, Pa., February 20, 1883; interment in the Citizens’ Cemetery.

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

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