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Charles William GILLET

(1840-1908)

GILLET, Charles William, a Representative from New York; born in Addison, Steuben County, N.Y., November 26, 1840; attended the public schools and the Delaware Literary Institute, Franklin, N.Y.; was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1861; enlisted as a private in the Eighty-sixth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, in August 1861; promoted to adjutant of the regiment in November 1861; was wounded and honorably discharged for physical disability in 1863; engaged in the manufacture of sash, doors, and blinds in Addison; appointed postmaster of Addison on June 15, 1878, and served until July 26, 1886; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1905); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Fifty-eighth Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1904; died in New York City December 31, 1908; interment in the Rural Cemetery, Addison, N.Y.

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

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