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John Addison GURLEY

(1813-1863)

GURLEY, John Addison, a Representative from Ohio; born in East Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., on December 9, 1813; attended the district schools and received academic instruction; learned the hatter’s trade; studied theology; pastor of the Universalist Church in Methuen, Mass., 1835-1838; moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1838 and became owner and editor of the Star and Sentinel, later called the Star in the West, and also served as pastor in that city; retired from the ministry in 1850; sold his newspaper in 1854 and retired to his farm near Cincinnati; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress; served as colonel and aide-de-camp on the staff of Gen. John C. Frémont in 1861; appointed Governor of Arizona by President Lincoln, but died in Green Township, near Cincinnati, Ohio, on the eve of his departure to assume his duties, August 19, 1863; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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

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