Thomas B. Florence

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(January 26, 1812 — July 3, 1875) Thomas Birch Florence, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., January 26, 1812; attended the public schools; learned the hatter's trade and engaged in that business in 1833; engaged in the newspaper business; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress and in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1861); after leaving Congress edited and published the Constitutional Union in Washington, D.C., and subsequently became the proprietor of the Sunday Gazette; unsuccessful candidate in his old district for election in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress and in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; died in Washington, D.C., July 3, 1875; interment in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Pa. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

Member of Pennsylvania Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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