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Adam Wilson SNYDER

(1799-1842)

SNYDER, Adam Wilson, a Representative from Illinois; born in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pa., October 6, 1799; attended the common schools; moved to Cahokia, Ill., in 1817; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1820 and commenced practice in Cahokia; appointed prosecuting attorney for the first judicial district in 1822; resigned in 1823; engaged in agricultural pursuits 1824-1832; member of the State senate in 1830; reelected in 1832; served as a captain throughout the Black Hawk War; moved to Belleville, Ill., in 1833; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); was not a candidate for renomination in 1838; elected to the State senate in 1840, and resigned in 1841; nominated as a candidate for Governor of Illinois, but died before the election; died in Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill., May 14, 1842; interment in Green Mount Cemetery, near Belleville, Ill.

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

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