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Charles PELHAM

(1835-1908)

PELHAM, Charles, a Representative from Alabama; born in Person County, N.C., March 12, 1835; moved with his parents to Alabama in 1838; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Talladega, Ala., in 1858; entered the Confederate Army in 1862 and served as first lieutenant of Company C, Fifty-first Regiment, Alabama Infantry; judge of the tenth judicial circuit of Alabama 1868-1873; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; late in life was appointed a clerk in the Treasury Department; moved to Poulan, Worth County, Ga., in 1907; died in Poulan, Ga., January 18, 1908; interment in the Presbyterian Cemetery.

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

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