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John Osborne WHITEHOUSE

(1817-1881)

WHITEHOUSE, John Osborne, a Representative from New York; born in Rochester, Strafford County, N.H., July 19, 1817; received a common-school education; moved to New York City in 1835 and was engaged as a clerk until 1839, when he moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and engaged as a merchant and manufacturer of shoes; moved to Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, N.Y., in 1860 and continued the shoe manufacturing business; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1877); chairman, Committee on Reform in the Civil Service (Forty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; resumed the shoe manufacturing business; also interested in banking and railroading; owner of the Daily News 1872-1880; died in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., August 24, 1881; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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

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