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John SWINBURNE

(1820-1889)

SWINBURNE, John, a Representative from New York; born at Deer River, Lewis County, N.Y., May 30, 1820; attended the public schools and academies in Denmark and Lowville, Lewis County, and in Fairfield, Herkimer County; was graduated from the Albany Medical College in 1847 and commenced practice as a physician and surgeon; during the Civil War was appointed a medical officer; appointed by Governor Seymour in 1864 health officer of the port of New York and reappointed by Governor Fenton in 1866, holding the position six years; in charge of the American Ambulance Corps during the siege of Paris by the Prussians in 1870 and 1871; elected mayor of Albany in 1882 and counted out, but after fourteen months’ litigation was awarded the office by the courts; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); resumed the practice of his profession; died in Albany, N.Y., March 28, 1889; interment in Albany Rural Cemetery.

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

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