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Egbert Ludoricus VIELE


VIELE, Egbert Ludoricus, a Representative from New York; born in Waterford, Saratoga County, N.Y., June 17, 1825; attended Albany (N.Y.) Academy; was graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., July 1, 1847; commissioned brevet second lieutenant in the Second United States Infantry; served in the Mexican War in 1847 and 1848; promoted to second lieutenant, First United States Infantry, September 8, 1847; promoted to first lieutenant in 1850; resigned in 1853; became a civil and military engineer; appointed State engineer of New Jersey in 1855; appointed engineer in chief of Central Park, New York City, in 1856; appointed engineer of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, in 1860; appointed captain of the Engineer Corps of the Seventh New York Regiment in 1860; appointed brigadier general of United States Volunteers in 1861; military governor of Norfolk, Va., in 1862; resigned October 20, 1863; engaged in civil engineering; appointed president of the department of public parks in New York City in 1884; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; resumed his former business pursuits and also engaged in literary work; died in New York City April 22, 1902; interment in Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, N.Y.

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

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