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Solomon Newton Pettis

Solomon Newton Pettis (October 10, 1827 – September 18, 1900) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Early life

S. Newton Pettis was born in Lenox, Ohio. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention.

Public service

He served as associate justice of the Territory of Colorado in 1861 and 1862. He returned to Meadville and continued the practice law.

Pettis was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Darwin A. Finney. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1868. He resumed the practice of law in Meadville.

Pettis was appointed Minister to Bolivia September 4, 1878, and served until November 1, 1879. He was again engaged in the practice of law until his death in Meadville in 1900. Interment in Greendale Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Darwin A. Finney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Calvin W. Gilfillan
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert M. Reynolds
United States Minister Resident, Bolivia
2 June 1879–30 October 1879
Succeeded by
Charles Adams


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