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George Ellis PUGH

(1822-1876)
Senate Years of Service:
1855-1861
Party:
Democrat

PUGH, George Ellis, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 28, 1822; attended private schools; graduated from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, in 1840; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice the same year in Cincinnati, Ohio; served in the Mexican War as captain of the Fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; returned to Cincinnati and resumed the practice of law; member, State house of representatives 1848-1850; city solicitor 1850; State attorney general 1852-1854; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1855, to March 3, 1861; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law in Cincinnati; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1863 as lieutenant governor and for election in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1873 but withdrew from its deliberations; retired from public life; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 19, 1876; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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