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James Sullivan WILEY

(1808-1891)

WILEY, James Sullivan, a Representative from Maine; born in Mercer, Somerset County, Maine, January 22, 1808; moved to Bethel, Oxford County, Maine, in 1826; attended Gould’s Academy and was graduated from Colby College, Waterville, Maine, in 1836; moved to Dover, Maine, and was an instructor in Foxcroft Academy; studied law; was admitted to the Piscataquis County bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Dover; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); resumed the practice of law in Dover; moved to Fryeburg, Maine, in 1889 and continued the practice of law until his death in that city on December 21, 1891; interment in Smart Hill Cemetery.

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

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