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Edward OVERTON, Jr.

(1836-1903)

OVERTON, Edward, Jr., a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Towanda, Bradford County, Pa., February 4, 1836; attended Susquehanna Collegiate Institute, Towanda, Pa., and was graduated from Princeton College in 1856; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Towanda, Pa.; solicitor of Bradford County in 1861; during the Civil War entered the Union Army in September 1861 as a major in the Fiftieth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1863 and from that time commanded the regiment until mustered out in October 1864; served as register in bankruptcy 1867-1876; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1880; resumed the practice of law; president of the Citizens’ National Bank of Towanda from 1897 until his death in Towanda, Pa., September 18, 1903; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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