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William Slocum GROESBECK

(1815-1897)

GROESBECK, William Slocum, a Representative from Ohio; born in Kinderhook, Rensselaer County, N.Y., July 24, 1815; moved with his parents to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1816; attended the common schools and Augusta (Ky.) College; was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1835; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Cincinnati, Ohio; member of the State constitutional convention in 1851; commissioner to codify the laws of Ohio in 1852; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; served in the State senate 1862-1864; delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866; one of President Johnson’s counsel in his impeachment trial in 1868; Independent Liberal Republican candidate for United States President in 1872; delegate to the International Monetary Conference in Paris, France, in 1878; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 7, 1897; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery.

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

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