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Henry Dana WASHBURN

(1832-1871)

WASHBURN, Henry Dana, a Representative from Indiana; born in Windsor, Vt., March 28, 1832; attended the common schools; became a tanner and a currier; taught school for several years; moved to Vermillion County, Ind., in 1850; was graduated from the New York State and National Law Schools; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced the practice of law in Newport, Vermillion County, Ind.; county auditor 1854-1861; enlisted on August 16, 1861, and served in the Union Army as lieutenant colonel of the Eighteenth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry; promoted to colonel July 15, 1862; brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers December 15, 1864, and major general July 26, 1865; mustered out August 26, 1865; successfully contested as a Republican the election of Daniel W. Voorhees to the Thirty-ninth Congress; reelected to the Fortieth Congress and served from February 23, 1866, to March 3, 1869; was not a candidate for renomination in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; appointed surveyor general of Montana in 1869 and served until his death; in 1870 headed an expedition to find the headwaters of the Yellowstone River and discovered what is now known as Yellowstone Park; Mount Washburn, Mont., is named for him; returned to Clinton, Vermillion County, Ind., where he died on January 26, 1871; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

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

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