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PULESTON, Sir John Henry, banker, born in the vale of Cluyd, Wales, in 1830. He was educated at King's college, London, where he studied medicine. This profession he soon abandoned, and came to the United States. He settled in Lucerne county, Pennsylvania, and published a paper in Pittston, which proving unsuccessful, he founded one in Phoenixville. During the civil war he was made chief of the Pennsylvania agency established in Washington by Governor Andrew G. Curtin. He discharged the duties of this office for some time, but resigned to take charge of claims offered to him under the government. Subsequently he established himself in New York city in the banking-firm of Puleston, Raymond and Co., and later returned to London as a member of the firm of Jay Cooke, McCulloch and Co. He was elected to parliament from Devonport in 1874, and by re-elections has since retained that seat. In 1887 he was knighted for his long and faithful services in parliament. At present he is a member of the bank-lug-firm of Puleston and Brown.
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