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William Brown READ

(1817-1880)

READ, William Brown, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Hardin County, near Hodgenville, Ky., December 14, 1817; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hodgenville, Ky., in 1849; member of the State senate 1857-1865; unsuccessful candidate for election as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1863; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Charleston and Baltimore in 1860 and at Chicago in 1864; member of the State house of representatives 1867-1869; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1874; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Hodgenville, Ky., August 5, 1880; interment in Red Hill Cemetery.

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

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