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Henry Melville YOUMANS

(1832-1920)

YOUMANS, Henry Melville, a Representative from Michigan; born in Otego, Otsego County, N.Y., May 15, 1832; attended the common schools; was in the employ of the York & Erie Railroad Co., on the Susquehanna division, for ten years; moved to East Saginaw, Mich., in 1862; engaged in the manufacture of lumber and salt 1863-1878; moved to St. Clair County, Mich., in 1878 and engaged in farming and lumbering until 1884 when he returned to East Saginaw; mayor of East Saginaw in 1886 and 1887; served four terms as alderman; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Fifty-second Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; member of the State senate in 1896 and 1897; engaged in agricultural pursuits at Bridgeport, Mich., until his death in Saginaw, Mich., July 8, 1920; interment in Brady Hill Cemetery.

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

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