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 John Bassett Alley

John Bassett Alley

Birth
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 19 Jan 1896 (aged 79)
West Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Larch Avenue, Lot 638
Memorial ID 6675467 · View Source
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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.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6675467
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Bassett Alley (7 Jan 1817–19 Jan 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6675467, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .