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William Henry KOONTZ

(1830-1911)

KOONTZ, William Henry, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Somerset, Somerset County, Pa., July 15, 1830; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Somerset; district attorney for Somerset County 1853-1856; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860; prothonotary and clerk of the county court 1861-1868; successfully contested as a Republican the election of Alexander H. Coffroth to the Thirty-ninth Congress; reelected to the Fortieth Congress and served from July 18, 1866, to March 3, 1869; was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; resumed the practice of law at Somerset, Pa.; counsel for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co.; member of the State house of representatives 1899-1902; died in Somerset, Pa., July 4, 1911; interment in Union Cemetery.

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

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