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Amos TOWNSEND

(1821-1895)

TOWNSEND, Amos, a Representative from Ohio; born in Brownsville, Fayette County, Pa., in 1821; attended the common schools of Pittsburgh, Pa.; clerked in a store in Pittsburgh; moved to Mansfield, Ohio, in 1839 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; served as United States marshal during the Kansas troubles; moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1858 and engaged in the wholesale grocery business; member of the city council 1866-1876, serving as president for seven years; member of the State constitutional convention in 1873; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1883); chairman, Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-seventh Congress); declined renomination; member of a wholesale foodpacking firm; died while on a visit to St. Augustine, Fla., March 17, 1895; interment in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

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

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