Edward BREITUNG, Congress, MI (1831-1887)


BREITUNG, Edward, a Representative from Michigan; born in the city of Schalkau, Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen, Germany, November 10, 1831; attended the College of Mining, Meiningen, Germany, in 1849; after the revolution in Germany immigrated to the United States and settled in Kalamazoo County, Mich.; moved to Detroit in 1851 and became a clerk in a mercantile house; moved to Marquette, Mich., and engaged in mercantile pursuits until 1859, when he went to Negaunee, Marquette County; sold out his mercantile business to engage exclusively in iron-mining operations in 1864; explored the iron range in Marquette and Menominee Counties, locating several profitable mines, 1864-1867; later became interested in gold and silver mining in Colorado; member of the State house of representatives in 1873 and 1874; member of the State senate in 1877 and 1878; served as mayor of Negaunee, Mich., in 1879, 1880, and 1882; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1884; died in Negaunee, Marquette County, Mich., March 3, 1887; interment in Park Cemetery, Marquette, Mich.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present