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William STRONG

(1808-1895)

STRONG, William, (cousin of Theron Rudd Strong), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Somers, Conn., May 6, 1808; attended Munson Academy, Massachusetts, and was graduated from Yale College in 1828; taught school in New Haven, Conn.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice in Reading, Pa.; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Elections (Thirty-first Congress); did not seek renomination in 1850; associate justice of the supreme court of Pennsylvania 1857-1868; practiced law in Philadelphia, Pa.; appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1870 and served until December 1880, when he retired; resumed the practice of law; died at Lake Minnewassa, N.Y., August 19, 1895; interment in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Pa.

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

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