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Aaron HARLAN

(1802-1868)

HARLAN, Aaron, (cousin of Andrew Jackson Harlan), a Representative from Ohio; was born in Warren County, Ohio, September 8, 1802; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Xenia, Ohio, in 1825; member of the State house of representatives in 1832 and 1833; served in the State senate in 1838, 1839, and 1849; moved to a farm near Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1841 and continued the practice of law; presidential elector on the Polk and Dallas ticket in 1844; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850; member of the board of trustees of Antioch College in 1852; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress, reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress, and elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1859); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress and in 1861 to fill a vacancy in the Thirty-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law and engaged in agricultural pursuits near Yellow Springs; lieutenant colonel of the Ninety-fourth Regiment of Minutemen of Ohio in 1862; moved to San Francisco, Calif., in 1864 and resided there until his death on January 8, 1868; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

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