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Horace Billings PACKER

(1851-1940)

PACKER, Horace Billings, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pa., on October 11, 1851; attended the common schools, the Wellsboro Academy, and Alfred (N.Y.) University; studied law; was admitted to the bar of Tioga County in 1873 and commenced practice in Wellsboro; also engaged in the real estate business; district attorney of Tioga County 1875-1879; elected to the State house of representatives in 1884 and reelected in 1886; member of the State senate 1888-1892; served many years as a member of the borough council; presided over the Republican State conventions of 1893 and 1894; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1901); was not a candidate for renomination in 1900; resumed the practice of law in Wellsboro, Pa.; also engaged in the real estate, banking, and lumber businesses; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924; died in Wellsboro, Pa., April 13, 1940; interment in Wellsboro Cemetery.

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

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