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William Pierce PRICE

(1835-1908)

PRICE, William Pierce, a Representative from Georgia; born in Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, Ga., January 29, 1835; attended the common schools; was apprenticed to the printer’s trade; moved to Greenville, S.C., in 1851; attended Furman University, Greenville, S.C., but left before graduating to take charge of the editorial department of the Southern Enterprise, a Greenville newspaper; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1856 and commenced practice in Greenville, S.C.; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as orderly sergeant in Kershaw’s Second South Carolina Regiment; member of the South Carolina house of representatives 1864-1866; moved to Dahlonega, Ga., in 1866; member of the Georgia house of representatives 1868-1870; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by failure to elect; reelected to the Forty-second Congress and served from December 22, 1870, to March 3, 1873; was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; again a member of the State house of representatives 1877-1879, of the State senate in 1880 and 1881, and of the State house of representatives in 1894 and 1895; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880; resumed the practice of law; president of the board of trustees of North Georgia Agricultural College 1870-1908; died in Dahlonega, Ga., November 4, 1908; interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

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

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