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William Henson WALLACE

(1811-1879)

WALLACE, William Henson, a Delegate from the Territories of Washington and Idaho; born in Troy, Miami County, Ohio, July 19, 1811; attended the common schools of Indiana; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; moved to Iowa in 1837; appointed colonel of State troops; appointed receiver of public money at Fairfield, Iowa; moved to the Territory of Washington in 1853; member of the Territorial council in 1855 and 1856 and served as president of the council; appointed Governor of the Territory of Washington in 1861, but did not qualify, having been elected as a Republican a Delegate from the Territory of Washington to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); was appointed as the first Governor of the Territory of Idaho in 1863; elected as a Republican a Delegate from the Territory of Idaho to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from February 1, 1864, to March 3, 1865; died in Steilacoom, Pierce County, Wash., on February 7, 1879; interment in Fort Steilacoom Cemetery.

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

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