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Joseph Mosley ROOT

(1807-1879)

ROOT, Joseph Mosley, a Representative from Ohio; born in Brutus, Cayuga County, N.Y., October 7, 1807; pursued classical studies; studied law in Auburn, N.Y.; moved to Ohio in 1829; was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio; elected prosecuting attorney of Huron County in 1837; member of the State senate in 1840 and 1841; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth Congress; reelected to the Thirtieth Congress and reelected as a Free-Soil candidate to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Thirtieth Congress); presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1860; appointed United States attorney for the northern district of Ohio in 1861; again a member of the State senate in 1869; Democratic delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1873; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for probate judge of Erie County in 1875; died in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, April 7, 1879; interment in Oakland Cemetery.

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

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