John Conness

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(22 September, 1821 -- 10 January, 1909) Conness was an American politician and pianoforte maker. Born in Abbey, Galway County, Ireland, he immigrated to the United States in 1833. After moving to California in 1849, Conness began his political career in a failed race for governor in 1861. Elected as a Douglas Democrat to the United States Senate, he later changed his affiliation to Union Republican. Conness served his term from March 4th, 1863 to March 3rd, 1869. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]

Member of California Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment, California Delegation—United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, California Delegation—United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866.

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