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William Penn WOLF

(1833-1896)

WOLF, William Penn, a Representative from Iowa; born in Harrisburg, Stark County, Ohio, December 1, 1833; attended the public schools and Holbrook Seminary; moved to Cedar County, Iowa, in 1856; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa; superintendent of public schools; member of the State house of representatives in 1863 and 1864; served in the Union Army as captain of Company I, Forty-sixth Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry; appointed assistant assessor of internal revenue in 1865; member of the State senate 1867-1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William Smyth and served from December 6, 1870, to March 3, 1871; resumed the practice of law in Tipton, Iowa; again a member of the State house of representatives 1881-1885, and was chosen speaker in 1884; elected judge of the eighteenth judicial district in the fall of 1894 and continued in this capacity until his death in Tipton, Iowa, on September 19, 1896; interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

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

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