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Tobias Avery PLANTS

(1811-1887)

PLANTS, Tobias Avery, a Representative from Ohio; born at Sewickley, Beaver County, Pa., March 17, 1811; apprenticed to a saddler at the age of twelve; received a limited common school education; attended Beaver College, Meadville, Pa.; taught school, and while teaching studied law with Edwin M. Stanton in the office of Judge David Powell at Steubenville, Ohio; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Athens, Ohio, in 1846, but soon moved to Pomeroy; member of the State house of representatives 1858-1861; owner and publisher of the Pomeroy Weekly Telegraph about 1860; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; judge of the court of common pleas in Meigs County from 1873 to 1875, when he resigned to resume the practice of law; president of the First City Bank of Pomeroy from 1878 until his death in Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, June 19, 1887; interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

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

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