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Henry POEHLER

(1833-1912)

POEHLER, Henry, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Hiddeson, Lippe-Detmold, Germany, August 22, 1833; attended his father’s academy; immigrated to the United States in April 1848 and settled in Burlington, Iowa, where he attended the public schools; moved to St. Paul, Minn., in 1853 and to Henderson, Sibley County, Minn., in 1854; engaged in general merchandising and as a grain merchant; appointed postmaster at Henderson, Minn., February 25, 1856, and served until April 12, 1861; served in the State house of representatives in 1857, 1858, and 1865; county commissioner of Sibley County and chairman of the board from January 1865 to January 1868; member of the State senate in 1872 and 1873 and again in 1876 and 1877; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; unsuccessful candidate for treasurer of Minnesota; served as mayor of Henderson for several terms; moved to Minneapolis in 1889 and engaged in the general merchandise and grain business; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1895; died in Henderson, Minn., while on a visit, on July 18, 1912; interment in Maj. James R. Browne’s Cemetery.

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

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