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William Sebring KIRKPATRICK

(1844-1932)

KIRKPATRICK, William Sebring, (father of William Huntington Kirkpatrick), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Easton, Northampton County, Pa., April 21, 1844; attended the public schools and Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar October 2, 1865, and commenced practice in Easton; solicitor of Easton 1866-1874; teacher in the Easton public schools in 1868 and 1869; appointed president judge of the third judicial district in 1874; member of the faculty of Lafayette College 1875-1877 and member of the board of trustees 1890-1932; presided temporarily over the Republican State convention in 1882; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884; attorney general of Pennsylvania 1887-1891; lecturer on municipal law at Lafayette College; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Easton, Pa., November 3, 1932; interment in Easton Cemetery.

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

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