PETTIS, Solomon Newton

1827–1900

Biography

PETTIS, Solomon Newton, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Lenox, Ashtabula County, Ohio, October 10, 1827; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Meadville, Crawford County, Pa.; associate justice of the Territory of Colorado in 1861 and 1862; returned to Meadville, Pa., and continued the practice of his profession; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Darwin A. Finney and served from December 7, 1868, to March 3, 1869; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Meadville; appointed Minister to Bolivia September 4, 1878, and served until November 1, 1879; again engaged in the practice of law until his death in Meadville, Pa., September 18, 1900; interment in Greendale Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Brown University
John Hay Library

Providence, RI
Papers: In the John Milton Hay Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Paris" to "Platner," approximately 6,000 items. Other authors include Solomon Newton Pettis.

Chautauqua County Historical Society
McClurg Mansion

Westfield, New York
Papers: In the Albion Winegar Tourgee Papers, 1801-[1945], 11,167 items. Correspondents include S. Newton Pettis. A published guide is available in the repository.
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