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NEW, John Chalfant, financier, born in Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, 6 July, 1831. He was graduate(1 at Bethany college, Virginia, in 1851, studied law, and in 1856 was appointed clerk of Marion county courts. In 1861 he became quartermaster-general of Indiana, and served through the civil war until his election to the state senate. He was also financial secretary to Governor Oliver P. Morton, and in 1865 became cashier in the First national bank of Indianapolis, of which he was afterward president. In 1875-'6 he was United States treasurer, and he served as assistant secretary of the treasury from 1882 till his resignation in 1884. Since 1874 he has been a member of the Republican national committee, and was chairman of the Republican state committee of Indiana during the presidential canvasses of 1880 and 1884. In 1878 he became editor and proprietor of the Indianapolis "Daily Journal."
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