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Julius Houseman

(1832 - 1891)

HOUSEMAN, Julius, a Representative from Michigan; born in Zeckendorf, Bavaria, Germany, December 8, 1832; attended the common schools in Zeckendorf and the commercial school at Munich, Bavaria; immigrated to the United States in 1848 and settled in Battle Creek, Mich.; moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1852; engaged in the mercantile and lumber business for forty years; member of the board of aldermen of Grand Rapids 1861-1870; served in the State house of representatives in 1871 and 1872; mayor of Grand Rapids 1873-1875; unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Grand Rapids, Mich., February 8, 1891; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress