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Augustus Herman PETTIBONE

(1835-1918)

PETTIBONE, Augustus Herman, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, January 21, 1835; was graduated from Hiram College, Ohio, and from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1859; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1860 and commenced practice in La Crosse, Wis.; enlisted in the Union Army as a private in 1861; promoted to second lieutenant, captain, and major in the Twentieth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry; continued the practice of law in Greeneville in 1865; alderman of Greeneville 1866-1868; attorney general for the first judicial circuit of Tennessee in 1869 and 1870; appointed assistant United States district attorney for the eastern district of Tennessee December 27, 1871, and served until 1880; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh, Forty-eighth, and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1887); was not a candidate for renomination in 1886; resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives 1897-1899; appointed special agent of the General Land Office and served from July 17, 1899, to January 31, 1905, when he resigned; died in Nashville, Tenn., November 26, 1918; interment in Nashville National Cemetery, Madison, Davidson County, Tenn.

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

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