(16 February, 1812 -- 22 November, 1875) Wilson was an American shoemaker and politician who was Vice President of the United States from 1873 to 1875. Born "Jeremiah Jones Colbath" in Farmington, N.H., Wilson had his name legally changed in 1833 and moved to Massachusetts to work in the shoe-making trade. Wilson was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1853 and was elected on January 31, 1855 to the United States Senate by a coalition of Free Soilers, Americans, Conscience Whigs, and Democrats to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward Everett, and soon after aligned with new Republican party. Wilson was reelected in 1859, 1865, and 1871, serving from January 31st, 1855 to March 3rd, 1873.
[Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]
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