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Sidney Tracy HOLMES

(1815-1890)

HOLMES, Sidney Tracy, a Representative from New York; born in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, N.Y., August 14, 1815; moved with his parents to Morrisville, Madison County, N.Y., in 1819; attended the public schools and was graduated from Morrisville (N.Y.) Academy; taught school; was engaged in civil engineering on the Chenango and Black River Canals for five years; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Morrisville, N.Y.; loan commissioner for Madison County 1848-1851; judge and surrogate for Madison County 1851-1864; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; resumed the practice of law in Morrisville, N.Y., for a short time, and in Utica, N.Y., until 1872, when he moved to Bay City, Bay County, Mich., continuing the practice of law; died in Bay City, Mich., January 16, 1890; interment in Cedar Street Cemetery, Morrisville, N.Y.

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

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