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Andrew Jackson HARLAN

(1815-1907)

HARLAN, Andrew Jackson, (cousin of Aaron Harlan), a Representative from Indiana; born near Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio, March 29, 1815; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Richmond, Ind.; moved to Marion, Ind., in 1839; clerk of the State house of representatives in 1842 and a member 1846-1848; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); elected to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Thirty-third Congress); in a Democratic congressional convention at Marion, Ind., in 1854 he was publicly read out of the Democratic Party for voting against the repeal of the Missouri Compromise; declined the nomination from the People’s Party in 1854 for the Thirty-fourth Congress; afterward allied himself with the Republican Party; moved to Dakota Territory in 1861; member of the Territorial house of representatives in 1861 and served as speaker; driven from the Territory by the Indians in September 1862 and settled in Savannah, Mo., where he resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives 1864-1868, serving as speaker the last two years; moved to Wakeeney, Kans., in 1885 and practiced law; appointed by President Harrison as postmaster of Wakeeney and served from 1890 to 1894; removed to Savannah, Andrew County, Mo., in 1894 and died there on May 19, 1907; interment in Savannah Cemetery.

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

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