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William Joyce Sewell

Born: Dec 6, 1835

Death: Dec 27, 1901

Birthplace: Castlebar

Nationality: United States

William Joyce Sewell

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1835
Date of Death : Dec 27, 1901
Birth Place : Castlebar

William Joyce Sewell was an Irish-American politician, merchant, and military officer who served as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Sewell was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1851 where he worked in the merchant industry in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Camden, New Jersey in 1860. He served as an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was also a postbellum state senator and U.S. Senator. The community of Sewell, New Jersey is named for him.

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