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Herman Wilber SNOW

(1836-1914)

SNOW, Herman Wilber, a Representative from Illinois; born in Michigan City, La Porte County, Ind., July 3, 1836; moved with his parents to Madisonville, Ky.; attended the public schools; moved to Sheldon, Iroquois County, Ill.; taught school several years; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; during the Civil War enlisted as a private in the One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; rose to the rank of captain; reenlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-first Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel; provost marshal general of Georgia on Major General Steedman’s staff; at the expiration of his service taught in the Chicago High School for three years; returned to Sheldon and engaged in banking; member of the State house of representatives 1872-1874; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives during the Fifty-third Congress; moved to Kankakee, Kankakee County, Ill., and resumed banking; died in Kankakee, Ill., August 25, 1914; interment in Mound Grove Cemetery.

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

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