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Amos Townsend

Amos Townsend (1821 - March 17, 1895) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, Townsend attended the common schools of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and clerked in a store in Pittsburgh. He moved to Mansfield, Ohio, in 1839 and engaged in mercantile pursuits. He served as United States marshal during the Kansas troubles. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1858 and engaged in the wholesale grocery business. He served as member of the Cleveland City Council 1866-1876, serving as president for seven years. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1873.

Townsend was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1883). He served as chairman of the Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-seventh Congress). He declined renomination. He served as member of a wholesale foodpacking firm. He died while on a visit to St. Augustine, Florida, March 17, 1895. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry B. Payne
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
David R. Paige

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


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