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WILSON, John

(1777—1848)


WILSON, John, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Peterboro, N.H., January 10, 1777; was graduated from Harvard University in 1799; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1802 at Peterboro, N.H., and commenced practice in Belfast, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts); served as a captain in the State militia; elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1814 to the Fourteenth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession in Belfast; was elected to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1819); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1818; engaged in the practice of law until his death in Belfast, Maine, August 9, 1848; interment in Grove Cemetery.

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

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