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John Bassett Alley
Birth: Jan. 7, 1817
Lynn
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1896
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

US Congressman. He was educated in the common schools and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. At age fourteen he was apprenticed for five years to a shoemaker. In 1836 he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he freighted merchandise up and down the Mississippi River. Returning to Lynn, Massachusetts in 1838, he entered the shoe manufacturing business. In 1847 he established a hide and leather house business in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a member of the first Board of Aldermen of Lynn, Massachusetts in 1850. He served as a member of the Governor's Council from 1847 to 1851, the Massachusetts State Senate in 1852, and as a member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention of 1853. He ran as a Free Soil Candidate for the US Congress in 1852. He was elected as a Republican from the Massachusetts 5th and 6th Congressional Districts to the US House of Representatives. He served in the Thirty Sixth and three succeeding Congresses from March 4, 1859 to March 3, 1867. During the Thirty Eighth and Thirty Ninth Congresses, he served as Chairman of the Committee on the Post Office and Roads. He was not renominated as a candidate in 1866. He became involved in a drawn out lawsuit known as the Snow-Alley case in the 1880s and 1890s which damaged his health and cost him a large part of his fortune. Alley gave up being active in business in 1886 and lived in retirement until his death. (bio by: Priscilla) 
 
Burial:
Pine Grove Cemetery
Lynn
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Larch Avenue, Lot 638
 
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Record added: Aug 09, 2002
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