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English, William Hayden (27 August 1822–07 February 1896), congressman, vice presidential candidate, and historian, was born in Lexington, Indiana, the son of Elisha G. English and Mahala Eastin. Elisha, a landowner and railroad vice president, was a Democrat who served in the Indiana legislature for nearly twenty years and was friends with many important politicians. William benefited from his father’s contacts and status and was influenced by his views....

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Ross, Edmund Gibson (07 December 1826–08 May 1907), journalist, U.S. senator, and politician, was born in Ashland, Ohio, the son of Sylvester F. Ross and Cynthia Rice, farmers. Apprenticed as a printer at the age of ten, he moved about as a journeyman printer, living at Sandusky, Ohio, Janesville, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee, where he worked as a job printer, first at the ...