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John Roberts READING

(1826-1886)

READING, John Roberts, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Somerton, Philadelphia County, Pa., November 1, 1826; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1847 and began practice in Somerton, Pa.; later graduated from Hahnemann College, Philadelphia, Pa., and practiced homeopathy; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Forty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1869, to April 13, 1870, when he was succeeded by Caleb N. Taylor, who contested his election; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; died in Philadelphia, Pa., February 14, 1886; interment in the William Penn Cemetery, Somerton, Pa.

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

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