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CLYMER, Hiester

CLYMER, Hiester
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CLYMER, Hiester, (nephew of William Hiester and cousin of Isaac Ellmaker Hiester), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Morgantown, Caernarvon Township, Berks County, Pa., November 3, 1827; attended primary schools at Reading and was graduated from Princeton College in 1847; studied law; was admitted to the bar of Berks County April 6, 1849, and practiced in Reading and Berks County until 1851, when he moved to Pottsville, Schuylkill County; returned to Reading in 1856; represented Berks County on the board of revenue commissioners of the State in January 1860; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Charleston and at Baltimore in 1860; member of the State senate from October 1860 until March 1866, when he resigned; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election as Governor in 1866; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1868; member of the State board of charities in 1870; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1881); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Forty-fourth Congress), Committee on Appropriations (Forty-fourth Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Forty-sixth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; after his retirement from Congress was vice president of the Union Trust Co. of Philadelphia and president of the Clymer Iron Co.; died in Reading, Pa., on June 12, 1884; interment in the Charles Evans Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Hiester Clymer: His personal history and public record. [Pennsylvania: N.p., ca. 1866].

Joachim, Walter. "Hiester Clymer and the Belknap Case." Historical Review of Berks County 36 (Winter 1970-1971): 24-31.

Record of Hiester Clymer; and historical parallel between him the Major-General John W. Geary. Also, official returns of elections on constitutional amendments allowing soldiers the right to vote. [Phhiladelphia: T. K. Collins], 1866.

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