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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Gwin, William McKendree 1805-1885 (search)
Gwin, William McKendree 1805-1885 Politician; born in Sumner county, Tenn., Oct. 9, 1805; acquired a classical education; and for a time studied law, and later entered the medical department at Transylvania University, where he took his degree in 1828. He went to Clinton, Miss., and practised there till 1833, when he was appointed United States marshal for the Mississippi district. In 1840 he was elected to Congress by the Democratic party. He refused a renomination, and was later appointed to superintend the construction of the new custom-house at New Orleans. In 1849 he removed to California, and in September served in the convention at Monterey called to draw up a constitution. In December he became a United States Senator, and during his term secured a survey of the Pacific coast, a mint in San Francisco, a navy-yard (Mare Island), and got a bill passed for the establishment of a line of steamers between San Francisco, Japan, and China. He was re-elected, but when the Ci
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Peyton, Balie 1803-1878 (search)
Peyton, Balie 1803-1878 Legislator; born in Sumner county, Tenn., Nov. 26, 1803; elected to Congress in 1833; served four years, when he removed to Louisiana. He served during the war with Mexico, and in 1849 was appointed United States minister to Chile. He died in Gallatin county, Tenn., Aug. 19, 1878.