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William McAleer (January 6, 1838 – April 19, 1912) was an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district from 1891 to 1895 and from 1897 to 1901

Early life and educationEdit

McAleer was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1851. He attended public and private schools.

CareerEdit

In 1861 he became a partner with his father and brothers in the firm of John McAleer & Sons, flour merchants.[1] He was a member of the common council from 1871 to 1873. As president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick he organized for the relief of immigrants.

He was a member of the Board of Guardians of the Poor (1873–1898), and served as its vice president and later president. He was also member of the commercial exchange and served successively as its director, vice president, and president. In 1880 he was director of the chamber of commerce. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 2nd district from 1886 to 1890.[2]

McAleer was elected in 1891 as a Democrat to the 52nd Congress and reelected as an Independent Democrat to the 53rd Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894, but was re-elected as a Democrat to the 55th and 56th Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1900.

He resumed business activities in Philadelphia and died in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aged 74. He is interred at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hudson, Samuel (1909). Pennsylvania and its public men. Philadelphia: Hudson & Joseph. p. 214. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/BiosHistory/MemBio.cfm?ID=5000&body=S
  3. ^ "William McAleer". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Vaux
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district

1891-1895
Succeeded by
Frederick Halterman
Preceded by
Frederick Halterman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district

1897-1901
Succeeded by
Henry Burk
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Joseph P. Kennedy
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate, 2nd district
1886-1890
Succeeded by
Elwood Becker