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George May KEIM

(1805-1861)

KEIM, George May, (uncle of William High Keim), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Reading, Pa., March 23, 1805; pursued classical studies; attended Princeton College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1826 and commenced practice in Reading; major general of militia; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1837 and 1838; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry A.P. Muhlenberg; reelected to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from March 17, 1838, to March 3, 1843; chairman, Committee on Militia (Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses); appointed by President Tyler United States marshal for the eastern district of Pennsylvania December 18, 1843; reappointed by President Polk January 3, 1848, and served until 1850; mayor of Reading in 1852; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Douglas and Johnson in 1860; died in Reading, Pa., June 10, 1861; interment in Charles Evans Cemetery.

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

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