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John Winebrenner Rife (August 14, 1846 – April 17, 1908) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

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John W. Rife was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools, and learned the trade of tanner. Rife enlisted July 15, 1864, as a private in Company D, One Hundred and Ninety-fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served until honorably discharged on November 6, 1864. He served as a member of the city council of Middletown in 1871, and as burgess of Middletown in 1877 and 1878. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 1885 and 1886. He served as president of the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad Co.

Rife was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and Fifty-secondCongresses. He was not a candidate for renomination. He died in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Interment in Middletown Cemetery.

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