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LANDERS, Franklin, merchant, born in Morgan county, Indiana, 22 March, 1825. He attended a common school during the winter, worked on his father's farm in the summer, and in 1847, having saved $300, he began business as a merchant, which he followed for six years, after which he purchased a tract of land and located the town of Brooklyn, Indiana He removed to that place and resumed farming and mercantile pursuits for twelve years, establishing five churches of various denominations on his estate, contributing largely to their support. In all deeds of lots that he sold he inserted a clause prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors. He then engaged in business in Indianapolis, and in 1860 was elected state senator. He declined a nomination for congress in 1864, but in 1874 was elected to congress from Indiana, and served from 6 December, 1875, till 3 March, 1877.
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