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John Walker RYON

(1825-1901)

RYON, John Walker, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Elkland, Tioga County, Pa., March 4, 1825; attended the common schools, Millville Academy, Orleans County, N.Y., and Wellsboro Academy, Wellsboro, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1847 and commenced practice in Lawrenceville, Pa.; district attorney of Tioga County 1850-1856; during the Civil War assisted in the organization of Company A of the famous Bucktail Regiment; appointed by Governor Curtin paymaster with the rank of major in the reserve corps; moved to Pottsville, Pa., and resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); president of the Pennsylvania National Bank for several years; also interested in various other business enterprises; died in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa., March 12, 1901; interment in St. Patrick’s (No. 3) Cemetery.

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

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