Cyclopædia of American Biographies (1903)/Mungen, William

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MUNGEN, William, representative, was born at Baltimore, Md., May 12, 1821; son of John and Margaret (McFarland) Mungen; grandson of Donald and Elizabeth (McGraw) Mungen and of Matthew and Fanny (Black) McFarland, and a descendant of Robert and Mary (Kearns) Mungen. He removed with his parents to a farm in Ohio in 1830, attended the public school in winter and studied Latin, German and the physical sciences at home. He was admitted to the bar and practised in Findlay, Ohio, where he published and edited the Democratic Courier for several years. He was auditor for Hancock county, 1846-50, and a member of the state senate, 1852-54, and declined renomination. He was a delegate to the Democratic national convention at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1856, to the Charleston, S.C., and Baltimore, Md., conventions in 1860, and to the Union national convention at Philadelphia, Pa., in 1866. He assisted in raising the 21st Ohio volunteers for three months' service, entering the Union army in July, 1861, as colonel of the 57th Ohio volunteers, which regiment he raised and with which be served in the Army of the Tennessee. He was complimented by General Sherman for bravery at Shiloh, April 6, 1862, and for his action in an encounter with Porter's cavalry at Morning Sun, Tenn. In 1863 he resigned on account of ill-health. On recovering he was appointed state agent to visit the Ohio troops in the Department of Tennessee with poll books and tally sheets and in 1864 performed the same duty for the Ohio troops in the Army of the Potomac. He held several local offices in Findlay and was a Democratic representative from the fifth Ohio district in the 40th and 41st congresses, 1867-71. He died at Findlay, Ohio, Sept. 9, 1887.