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William Fell GILES

(1807-1879)

GILES, William Fell, a Representative from Maryland; born in Harford County, Md., April 8, 1807; attended a private academy and the Bel Air Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1829 and commenced practice in Baltimore, Md.; member of the State house of delegates 1838-1840; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); declined to be a candidate for renomination; United States district judge for the district of Maryland from July 18, 1853, until his death; officer of the American Colonization Society for more than thirty years, and for more than twenty years one of the commissioners of the State of Maryland supervising the emigration of free blacks to Liberia; died in Baltimore, Md., March 21, 1879; interment in Greenmount Cemetery.

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

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