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John Thomas WILSON

(1811-1891)

WILSON, John Thomas, a Representative from Ohio; born in Bell, Highland County, Ohio, April 16, 1811; received a limited schooling; engaged in mercantile and agricultural pursuits; during the Civil War was appointed first lieutenant of Company E, Seventieth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, November 2, 1861, and was discharged as captain November 27, 1862; member of the State senate 1863-1866; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth, Forty-first, and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1873); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; engaged in the handling of loans and mortgages; died in Tranquillity (near what is now known as Seaman), Adams County, Ohio, on October 6, 1891; interment in Tranquillity Cemetery.

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

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