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Silas ADAMS

(1839-1896)

ADAMS, Silas, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Pulaski County, Ky., February 9, 1839; moved to Casey County with his parents in 1841; attended the public schools, Kentucky University at Harrodsburg, and Transylvania University at Lexington; entered the Union Army during the Civil War as a first lieutenant, First Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry; promoted to captain, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the regiment; was mustered out December 31, 1864; entered Lexington Law School in 1867; was admitted to the bar and practiced; served two terms as county attorney; member of the State house of representatives 1889-1892; unsuccessful Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful independent candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Liberty, Casey County, Ky., May 5, 1896; interment in Brown Cemetery, Humphrey, Ky.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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