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CILLEY, Jonathan, (nephew of Bradbury Cilley and brother of Joseph Cilley),
a Representative from Maine; born in Nottingham, Rockingham County,
N.H., July 2, 1802; attended Atkinson Academy, New Hampshire; was graduated
from New Hampton Academy and later, in 1825, from Bowdoin College, Brunswick,
Maine; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1828 and commenced practice in
Thomaston, Knox County, Maine; editor of the Thomaston Register 1829-1831;
member of the State house of representatives 1831-1836 and served as speaker in
1835 and 1836; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served
from March 4, 1837, until February 24, 1838, when he was killed in a duel on
the Marlboro Pike, near Washington, D.C., by William J. Graves, a
Representative from Kentucky; interment in Cilley Cemetery, Thomaston, Maine.
A Breach of Privilege: Cilley Family Letters, 1820-1867.
Spruce Head, ME: Seven Coin Press, 2002.