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Term: Somers, Peter J. 1850 - 1924


lawyer, politician, Congressman, b. Menomonee Falls. He attended Whitewater normal school, read law, was admitted to the bar in 1874, and set up a law practice in Milwaukee. A Democrat, Somers held local political offices in Milwaukee. In 1890 he was elected mayor when a special election was held to determine a successor to ex-mayor and governor-elect George W. Peck (q.v.). In 1893 he was elected to Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John L. Mitchell (q.v.), and served from Aug., 1893, to Mar., 1895. Somers was not a candidate for renomination in 1894, and after leaving Congress returned to his law practice in Milwaukee. In 1905 he moved to Reno, Nev., where he was active in Democratic politics. He died in Los Angeles, Calif. Biog. Dir. Amer. Cong. (1928); Wis. Blue Book (1895); Milwaukee Journal, Feb. 16, 1924.

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