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Gustavus SESSINGHAUS

(1838-1887)

SESSINGHAUS, Gustavus, a Representative from Missouri; born in Koela, Prussia, November 8, 1838; pursued preparatory studies; immigrated to the United States and settled in St. Louis, Mo.; during the Civil War served as a private in Company A, Fifth Regiment, United States Reserve Corps, Missouri Volunteer Infantry; member of the school board 1878-1880; successfully contested as a Republican the election of Richard G. Frost to the Forty-seventh Congress and served two days only, (March 2, 1883-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; engaged in the milling business; died in St. Louis, Mo., November 16, 1887; interment in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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

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