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John Baldwin HAWLEY

(1831-1895)

HAWLEY, John Baldwin, a Representative from Illinois; born in Hawleyville, Fairfield County, Conn., February 9, 1831; moved with his parents to Carthage, Hancock County, Ill., in 1833; attended the public schools and Jacksonville College, Jacksonville, Ill.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice at Rock Island, Ill.; elected State’s attorney in 1856 and served four years; enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War and served as captain of Company H, Forty-fifth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; appointed postmaster of Rock Island, Ill., in 1865, and was removed the year following by President Johnson; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first, Forty-second, and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1875); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Claims (Forty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1874; Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from December 6, 1877, until April 1880, when he resigned; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1880 and resumed the practice of law; moved to Omaha, Nebr., in 1886; general attorney for the western branches of the Northwestern Railroad Co.; died at Hot Springs, S.Dak., May 24, 1895; interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Omaha, Nebr.

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

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