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Josiah Duane Hicks

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Preceded by  Edward Scull
Battles/wars  American Civil War
Political party  Republican
Name  Josiah Hicks

Allegiance  United States
Role  U.S. representative
Resigned  March 3, 1899
Rank  Private
Party  Republican Party
Born  August 1, 1844 Machen, Wales (1844-08-01)
Died  May 9, 1923, Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States

Succeeded by  Joseph Earlston Thropp
Battles and wars  American Civil War
Service/branch  United States Army

[Wikipedia] Josiah Duane Hicks

Josiah Duane Hicks (August 1, 1844 – May 9, 1923) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.



Josiah D. Hicks was born in Machen, Wales. He immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1847, and in the same year moved to Duncansville, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools of Blair and Huntingdon Counties. He moved to Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1861.

During the American Civil War, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, as a private in 1862 and served nearly eighteen months. He reentered civil life as a clerk on the Pennsylvania Railroad. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. He was elected district attorney of Blair County in 1880, and reelected in 1883.

He married Josephine Barrick, a native of Frederick county, MD. She descended from the Harbaugh family, so distinguished in Revolutionary times for patriotism and valor. The history of the family is almost coextensive with the history of the country. The Harbaughs settled in Maryland in colonial times and took up an extensive tract in the beautiful region known as the Harbaugh valley. The homestead, which was built in the seventeenth century, still stands near Sabillasville, and is one of the oldest landmarks in the State. At the time of the Centennial Exposition a Baltimore syndicate offered a large sum to be permitted to move it to Philadelphia, but Mrs. Harbaugh, who was an aunt of Mrs. Hicks, was not willing to part with her ancestral home for money. It was built in the old German style of architecture, with very high ceilings, large and spacious rooms and solidly lined in hard wood with massive carvings. It is indeed a wonderful piece of architecture and in fine preservation. She had strong temperance principles and was an active member of the Methodist church, of Altoona.

Hicks was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, and Fifty-fifth Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Patents during the Fifty-fifth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1898. He resumed the practice of law, and served as a member of the Altoona Board of Education from 1911 to 1919. He served as State commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1921. He died in Altoona in 1923 and is interred in Fairview Cemetery.


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