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John McClure WILEY

(1846-1912)

WILEY, John McClure, a Representative from New York; born in Londonderry, Ireland, August 11, 1846; immigrated to the United States in 1850 with his parents, who settled in Erie County, N.Y.; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits and the real estate business in Colden, N.Y.; member of the State assembly in 1871 and 1872; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1884, 1888, and 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1890; appointed on April 24, 1893, by President Cleveland, consul at Bordeaux, France, and served until July 31, 1897; resided in Jacksonville, Fla., during the winter and in Colden, N.Y., during the summer months; died in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, August 13, 1912; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.

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

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