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John Winebrenner RIFE

(1846-1908)

RIFE, John Winebrenner, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Middletown, Dauphin County, Pa., August 14, 1846; attended the common schools; learned the trade of tanner; enlisted July 15, 1864, as a private in Company D, One Hundred and Ninety-fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served until honorably discharged on November 6, 1864; member of the city council in 1871; burgess of Middletown, Pa., in 1877 and 1878; member of the State house of representatives in 1885 and 1886; president of the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad Co.; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1893); was not a candidate for renomination; died in Middletown, Pa., April 17, 1908; interment in Middletown Cemetery.

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

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