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Ossian RAY


RAY, Ossian, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Hinesburg, Chittenden County, Vt., December 13, 1835; moved to Irasburg, Vt., in early childhood; attended the common schools and an academy in Derby, Vt.; studied law in Irasburg and in Lancaster, N.H., to which latter place he moved in 1854; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and practiced in Essex and Coos Counties; solicitor for Coos County 1862-1872; member of the State house of representatives in 1868 and 1869; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872; United States attorney for the district of New Hampshire from February 22, 1879, to December 23, 1880, when he resigned; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Evarts W. Farr; reelected to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses and served from January 8, 1881, to March 3, 1885; did not seek renomination in 1884; died in Lancaster, N.H., January 28, 1892; interment in the Summer Street Cemetery.

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