CURTIS, Carlton Brandaga, (1811 - 1883)


CURTIS, Carlton Brandaga, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Madison County, N.Y., December 17, 1811; pursued an academic course; moved to Mayville, N.Y.; studied law; moved to Erie, Pa., where he continued the study of law; was admitted to the bar in 1834; moved to Warren, Pa., the same year and commenced practice; member of the State house of representatives 1836-1838; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Thirty-third Congress); affiliated with the Republican Party in 1855; entered the Union Army February 13, 1862, as lieutenant colonel of the Fifty-eighth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry for a period of three years; promoted to colonel of that regiment May 23, 1863; because of illness was honorably discharged as colonel July 2, 1863; returned to Warren and practiced law; moved to Erie, Pa., in 1868 and continued the practice of law; also interested in banking and the production of oil, and was one of the originators and builders of the Dunkirk & Venango Railroad; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law: died in Erie, Erie County, Pa., March 17, 1883; interment in Oakland Cemetery, Warren, Pa.