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Luther REILY

(1794-1854)

REILY, Luther, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Myerstown, Pa., October 17, 1794; completed preparatory studies; studied medicine and began practice in Harrisburg; held various local offices; in the War of 1812 served as a private in Capt. R.M. Crane’s company of Pennsylvania Volunteers from August 3 to September 7, 1814, and as surgeon’s mate in Maj. Gen. R. Watson’s company from September 7 to December 5, 1814; resumed the practice of medicine; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); again resumed the practice of his profession; died in Harrisburg, Pa., on February 20, 1854; interment in Harrisburg Cemetery.

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

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