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Solomon Newton PETTIS

(1827-1900)

PETTIS, Solomon Newton, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Lenox, Ashtabula County, Ohio, October 10, 1827; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Meadville, Crawford County, Pa.; associate justice of the Territory of Colorado in 1861 and 1862; returned to Meadville, Pa., and continued the practice of his profession; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Darwin A. Finney and served from December 7, 1868, to March 3, 1869; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Meadville; appointed Minister to Bolivia September 4, 1878, and served until November 1, 1879; again engaged in the practice of law until his death in Meadville, Pa., September 18, 1900; interment in Greendale Cemetery.

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

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