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Jacob TURNEY

(1825-1891)

TURNEY, Jacob, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pa., February 18, 1825; completed preparatory studies and attended Greensburg Academy; apprenticed as a printer; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Greensburg, Pa.; district attorney for Westmoreland County 1850-1855; member of the State senate 1858-1860 and was elected president in 1859; unsuccessful candidate for State senator in 1871; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); again resumed the practice of law; died in Greensburg, Pa., on October 4, 1891; interment in St. Clair Cemetery.

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

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