John Avery (politician)

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John Avery (February 29, 1824 – January 21, 1914) was a physician and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Avery was born in Watertown, New York and moved with his parents to Michigan in 1836. He attended the common schools and entered Grass Lake Academy in Jackson, where he studied medicine for two years. He graduated from the Cleveland Medical College in 1850 and commenced the practice of medicine in Ionia, Michigan. He then moved to Otsego, Michigan, in 1852 and continued the practice of his profession.

During the American Civil War, he was assistant surgeon and surgeon of the Twenty-first Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He served in the Army of the Cumberland in Kentucky and Tennessee and was with General William Tecumseh Sherman on his March to the Sea, as well as during the subsequent Carolinas Campaign.

He settled in Greenville, Michigan, in 1868 and again engaged in the practice of medicine. He was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives in 1869 and 1870. He was appointed a member of the State Board of Health in 1880 and was reappointed in 1886.

Avery was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives for the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1897. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1896.

After leaving Congress, Avery went back to Greenville and returned to the practice of medicine. He died at the age of eighty-nine is interred at Forest Home Cemetery of Greenville.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel M. Stephenson
United States Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Michigan
1893 – 1897
Succeeded by
William S. Mesick