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Edward Hooker GILLETTE

(1840-1918)

GILLETTE, Edward Hooker, (son of Francis Gillette), a Representative from Iowa; born in Bloomfield, Hartford County, Conn., October 1, 1840; attended the public schools at Hartford, Conn., and the New York State Agricultural College, Ovid, N.Y.; moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1863 and engaged in agricultural pursuits, building, and manufacturing; editor of the Iowa Tribune; chairman of the national committee of the Greenback Party; delegate to the Greenback National Convention at Indianapolis in 1876; 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; retired from public life and resided on his farm, “Clover Hills Place,” near Valley Junction, Iowa, where he died August 14, 1918; interment in Glendale Cemetery.

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

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