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Hugh Judge JEWETT

(1817-1898)

JEWETT, Hugh Judge, (brother of Joshua Husband Jewett), a Representative from Ohio; born at Deer Creek, near Darlington, Md., on July 1, 1817; completed preparatory studies and attended Hopewell Academy, Chester County, Pa.; studied law in Elkton, Cecil County, Md.; was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio; moved to Columbus, Ohio, and thence to Zanesville, Ohio, in 1848; president of the branch State bank in 1852; United States attorney for the southern district of Ohio in 1854; member of the state senate in 1853; member of the State house of representatives in 1855; president of the Central Ohio Railroad Co. in 1857; organized the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad Co.; one of the organizers of the Pennsylvania Railroad; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Ohio in 1861 and for United States Senator in 1863; member of the State house of representatives in 1868 and 1869; general counsel of the Pennsylvania Railway system in 1871; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress and served from March 4, 1873, until June 23, 1874, when he resigned to become president of the Erie Railroad Co.; retired from public life and resided in New York City; died while on a visit in Augusta, Ga., March 6, 1898; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio.

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

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