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John Dodson STILES

(1822-1896)

STILES, John Dodson, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Town Hill, Luzerne County, Pa., January 15, 1822; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1844 and practiced in Allentown, Lehigh County; elected district attorney of Lehigh County in 1853 and served three years; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1856, 1864, and 1868; was also a delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Thomas B. Cooper; reelected to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from June 3, 1862, to March 3, 1865; elected to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); was not a candidate for renomination in 1870; resumed the practice of law; died in Allentown, Pa., October 29, 1896; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

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

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