KELLEY, William Darrah, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., April
12, 1814; pursued classical studies; apprentice in a jewelry establishment
1828-1835; moved to Boston, Mass, in 1835 and was engaged as a journeyman
jeweler; returned to Philadelphia in 1840; studied law; was admitted to the bar
in 1841 and practiced in Philadelphia, Pa.; deputy prosecuting attorney for the
city and county of Philadelphia in 1845 and 1846; judge of the court of common
pleas for Philadelphia 1846-1856; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1856
to the Thirty-fifth Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in
1860; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh and to the fourteen
succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1861, until his death in
Washington, D.C., January 9, 1890; chairman, Committee on Coinage, Weights, and
Measures (Fortieth, Forty-first, and Forty-second Congresses), Committee on
Ways and Means (Forty-seventh Congress), Committee on Manufactures (Fifty-first
Congress); interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.
BibliographyBrown, Ira V. William D. Kelley and Radical Reconstruction.
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