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William Watson WICK

(1796-1868)

WICK, William Watson, a Representative from Indiana; born in Canonsburg, Washington County, Pa., February 23, 1796; moved with his parents to Western Reserve in 1800; completed preparatory studies; moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1816; taught school; studied medicine until 1818 and then law; was admitted to the bar in Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., in 1819 and commenced practice in Connersville, Fayette County, Ind., in 1820; clerk of the State house of representatives 1820; assistant clerk of the State senate 1821; president judge of the fifth judicial State circuit 1822-1825; secretary of state 1825-1829; prosecuting attorney of the fifth judicial circuit 1829-1831; again president judge 1834-1837; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law in Indianapolis; elected to the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1849); was not a candidate for renomination; president judge for a third time, serving from 1850 to 1853; postmaster of Indianapolis, Ind., from April 9, 1853, to April 6, 1857; adjutant general in the State militia; moved to Franklin, Ind., in 1857, where he continued the practice of law, and died there May 19, 1868; interment in Greenlawn Cemetery.

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

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