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Josiah Leeds KERR

(1861-1920)

KERR, Josiah Leeds, a Representative from Maryland; born in Vienna, Dorchester County, Md., January 10, 1861; attended the public schools in Vienna and Vienna Academy; taught school in Kennebec County; moved to Crisfield, Md., in 1880 and entered the employ of a lumber company as clerk; moved to Cambridge, Md., in 1885; elected school examiner in August 1898 and served two years; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Walter Smith and served from November 6, 1900, to March 3, 1901; was not a candidate for renomination in 1900; returned to Cambridge, Md., and became a traveling salesman; died in Cambridge, Md., September 27, 1920; interment in Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery.

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

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