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Isaac Edward HOLMES

(1796-1867)

HOLMES, Isaac Edward, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., April 6, 1796; attended the common schools, received private tuition, and was graduated from Yale College in 1815; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Charleston; member of the city council; served in the State house of representatives 1826-1829 and 1832-1833; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Commerce (Twenty-eighth Congress), Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-ninth Congress); practiced law in San Francisco, Calif., 1851-1854, when he returned to Charleston, S.C.; again resided in San Francisco 1857-1861; returned to South Carolina in 1861 and was appointed a commissioner of the State to confer with the Federal Government; died in Charleston, S.C., February 24, 1867; interment in Circular Churchyard.

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

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