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Myer Strouse

(1825 - 1878)

STROUSE, Myer, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Oberstrau, Bavaria, Germany, December 16, 1825; immigrated to the United States in 1832 with his father, who settled in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa.; attended private schools; edited the North American Farmer in Philadelphia 1848-1852; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Pottsville; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; resumed the practice of law; was attorney and solicitor for the “Molly Maguires,” a secret organization in the mining regions of Pennsylvania, in 1876 and 1877; died in Pottsville, Pa., February 11, 1878; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress