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John Fletcher Driggs (March 8, 1813 – December 17, 1877) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michiganmarker.

Biography

Driggs was born in Kinderhook, New Yorkmarker. He completed preparatory studies and moved with his parents to Tarrytown, New Yorkmarker, in 1825. He moved to New York Citymarker in 1827, where he was an apprentice, journeyman, and master mechanic in the trade of sash, door, and blind manufacturing, 1829–1856. He was superintendent of the New York penitentiary and public institutions on Blackwells Islandmarker in 1844

Driggs moved to Michigan in 1856 and engaged in the real-estate business and salt manufacturing. He was president of the common council of East Saginaw, Michiganmarker, in 1858. He was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 1859–1860. He was tendered an appointment as colonel during the Civil War and organized the Twenty-ninth Michigan Infantry, July 29, 1864.

Driggs was elected as a Republican becoming the first person to represent Michigan's 6th congressional district to the 38th, 39th, and 40th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1863 to March 3, 1869. He was one of the committee members appointed to accompany the body of President Abraham Lincoln to Springfield, Illinoismarker, for interment.

Driggs was injured by a fall on the ice in the winter of 1875–1876, as a result of which he died in East Saginaw. He was interred in Brady Hill Cemetery, Saginawmarker and was re-interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Saginaw.

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