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David Forrest WILBER

(1859-1928)

WILBER, David Forrest, (son of David Wilber), a Representative from New York; born in Milford, Otsego County, N.Y., December 7, 1859; attended the public schools; was graduated from Cazenovia (N.Y.) Seminary in 1879; engaged in the hop business at Milford in 1879 and at Oneonta, N.Y., in 1880; also interested in the real estate business, agricultural pursuits, and stock breeding; twice represented Oneonta on the board of supervisors; vice president and director on the Wilber National Bank of Oneonta 1883-1896; trustee of the Cazenovia Seminary; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1899); was not a candidate for renomination in 1898; served as United States consul to Barbados 1903-1905; served as consul general to Singapore 1905-1907, Halifax 1907-1909, Kobe 1909-1910, Vancouver 1910-1913, Zurich 1913-1915, Genoa 1915-1921, and Auckland and Wellington 1922-1923; retired in June 1923 and returned to Oneonta, N.Y., to care for his business interests; member of the Republican State committee 1924-1927; died at his summer camp at Upper Dam, Oxford County, Maine, August 14, 1928; interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta, N.Y.

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

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