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Beriah WILKINS

(1846-1905)

WILKINS, Beriah, a Representative from Ohio; born near Richwood, Union County, Ohio, July 10, 1846; attended the common schools of Marysville, Ohio; enlisted as a private in Company H, One Hundred and Thirty-sixth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, May 2, 1864, and served until honorably discharged August 31, 1864; engaged in banking in Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas County, Ohio; member of the State senate 1880 and 1881; member of the Democratic State central committee in 1882; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1889); chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Fiftieth Congress); settled in Washington, D.C.; became majority owner and publisher of the Washington Post in 1889, and later, in 1894, acquired the entire stock ownership of the paper, serving as editor until his death in Washington, D.C., June 7, 1905; interment in Rock Creek Cemetery.

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

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