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Kellian Van Rensalear WHALEY

(1821-1876)

WHALEY, Kellian Van Rensalear, a Representative from Virginia and from West Virginia; born in Onondaga County, Utica, N.Y., May 6, 1821; lumber business; recruiter, Union Army; elected as a Unionist from Virginia to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); elected as an Unconditional Unionist from West Virginia to the Thirty-eighth and to the succeeding Congress (December 7, 1863-March 3, 1867); chairman, Committee on Invalid Pensions (Thirty-eighth Congress), Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Thirty-ninth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; delegate to the Republican National Convention, 1864; collector of customs at Brazos de Santiago, Tex., 1868; died on May 20, 1876, Point Pleasant, W. Va.; interment in Lone Oak Cemetery, Point Pleasant, W. Va.

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

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