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Jasper PACKARD

(1832-1899)

PACKARD, Jasper, a Representative from Indiana; born in Austintown, Mahoning County, Ohio, February 1, 1832; moved with his parents to Indiana in 1835; attended the public schools and was graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1855; taught school; settled in La Porte, Ind.; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1861; during the Civil War enlisted in the Union Army as a private in the Forty-eighth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, October 24, 1861; promoted to first lieutenant January 1, 1862; captain September 12, 1862; lieutenant colonel of the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, March 17, 1864; colonel June 26, 1865; brevetted brigadier general March 13, 1865, “for meritorious services”; mustered out April 10, 1866; auditor of La Porte County from November 15, 1866, to March 1, 1869, when he resigned; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first, Forty-second, and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1875); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Forty-third Congress), Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; engaged in newspaper pursuits; appointed July 1, 1899, commandant of the State soldiers’ home at Lafayette, Ind., and died there December 13, 1899; interment in the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery.

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

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