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Benjamin Franklin LEITER

(1813-1866)

LEITER, Benjamin Franklin, a Representative from Ohio; born in Leitersburg, Md., October 13, 1813; received a limited schooling; taught school in Maryland 1830-1834; moved to Ohio and taught school 1834-1842; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Canton, Stark County, Ohio; justice of the peace; mayor for ten years; member of the state house of representatives in 1848 and 1849 and served as speaker in the latter year; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859); died in Canton, Ohio, June 17, 1866; interment in West Lawn Cemetery.

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

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