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Charles Murray TURPIN

(1878-1946)

TURPIN, Charles Murray, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Kingston, Luzerne County, Pa., March 4, 1878; attended the public and high schools and Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pa.; served as a corporal in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War in Company F, Ninth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; member of the Pennsylvania National Guard 1896-1901, serving as second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and captain; employed as a carpenter, grocery clerk, and a steamboat captain before graduating from the dental department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1904; commenced the practice of dentistry in Kingston, Pa., in 1905; member of the board of education 1916-1922; burgess of Kingston 1922-1926, and prothonotary of Luzerne County 1926-1929; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John J. Casey; reelected to the Seventy-second, Seventy-third, and Seventy-fourth Congresses and served from June 4, 1929, to January 3, 1937; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; appointed assistant chief clerk, Luzerne County assessor’s office, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; died in Kingston, Pa., June 4, 1946; interment in Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, Pa.

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

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