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James Lisle GILLIS

(1792-1881)

GILLIS, James Lisle, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Hebron, Washington County, N.Y., October 2, 1792; attended the public schools; became a tanner; served in the War of 1812; moved to Ridgway, Pa., in 1822; appointed associate judge of Jefferson County by Governor Porter; member of the State house of representatives in 1840 and 1851; one of the judges of Jefferson County in 1842; member of the State senate in 1845; served as a mail agent in San Francisco, Calif.; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Thirty-sixth Congress in 1858; appointed agent for the Pawnee Tribe of Indians; died in Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, July 8, 1881; interment in Forest Home Cemetery.

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

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