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Charles Wilson PIERCE

(1823-1907)

PIERCE, Charles Wilson, a Representative from Alabama; born in Benton, Yates County, N.Y., October 7, 1823; completed preparatory studies; moved with his father to Sandusky, Ohio, in 1829, and from there to Huntsville, Ohio, in 1847; moved to Havana, Ill., in 1855; during the Civil War enlisted in Company B, Eighty-fifth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was elected first lieutenant; appointed quartermaster June 14, 1864; commissioned major in 1865; settled in Demopolis, Ala.; held various public offices; upon the readmission of Alabama to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress and served from July 21, 1868, to March 3, 1869; declined to be a candidate for renomination; moved to Nebraska in 1872; member of the Nebraska State constitutional convention in 1875; elected to the State senate in 1877 and reelected in 1880; resigned in 1881 to become register of the United States land office, which position he held until May 1886; returned to his farm; died in Hastings, Fla., February 18, 1907; interment in the family plot on the home farm near Waverly, Lancaster County, Nebr.

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

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