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Joseph RIDGWAY

(1783-1861)

RIDGWAY, Joseph, a Representative from Ohio; born on Staten Island, N.Y., May 6, 1783; attended the public schools; learned the trade of carpenter; moved to Cayuga County, N.Y., in 1811 and engaged in the manufacture of plows; settled in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, in 1822 and established an iron foundry; member of the State house of representatives 1828-1832; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1843); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress; member of the State board of equalization; director of the Clinton Bank for twenty years; member of the city council; died in Columbus, Ohio, February 1, 1861; interment in Green Lawn Cemetery.

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

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