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John Rufus Edie (January 14, 1814 – August 27, 1888) was an Opposition Party and Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Early life[]

John Rufus Edie born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools, Emmitsburg College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He served as principal of the Gettysburg schools for several years. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Political activities[]

He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1845 and 1846. He was appointed deputy attorney general in 1847 and served until 1850. He served as district attorney from 1850 to 1854.

Edie was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1858.

Civil War service[]

He was commissioned a major of the 15th Infantry Regiment on May 14, 1861. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1863 and brevetted colonel September 1, 1864. He served with the Fifteenth and Eighth Regiments of the United States Infantry, until January 1871, when he was honorably discharged. He resumed the practice of law in Somerset and died there in 1888. Interment in Union Cemetery.

See also[]

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