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Wiley, James Sullivan

(1808-1891) a U.S. Representative, was born in Mercer on January 22, 1808. He moved to Bethel in 1826, attended Gould Academy and was graduated from Colby College in 1836.

Wiley moved to Dover and was an instructor in Foxcroft Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the Piscataquis County bar in 1839 and began his practice in Dover.

Elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849), he returned to resume the practice of law in Dover where he built a Greek Revival style home on Main Street. Wiley moved to Fryeburg in 1889 and continued the practice of law until his death there on December 21, 1891, with interment in Smart Hill Cemetery.

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