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William GODSHALK

(1817-1891)

GODSHALK, William, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in East Nottingham, Chester County, Pa., October 25, 1817; moved with his parents to Bucks County in 1818; attended the common schools and Union Academy, Doylestown, Pa.; learned the miller’s trade and in 1847 engaged in milling in Doylestown Township; served in the Union Army as a private in Company K, One Hundred and Fifty-third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, from October 11, 1862, to July 23, 1863; unsuccessful candidate for election to the State senate in 1864; elected associate judge of Bucks County in October 1871 and served five years; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); engaged in milling; died in New Britain, Bucks County, Pa., February 6, 1891; interment in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Doylestown, Pa.

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

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