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Clinton BABBITT

(1831-1907)

BABBITT, Clinton, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Westmoreland, Cheshire County, N.H., November 16, 1831; attended the common schools and was graduated from Keene (N.H.) Academy; moved to Wisconsin in 1853 and settled near Beloit, Rock County; engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected alderman and was a member of the first city council of Beloit; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; appointed postmaster of Beloit by President Cleveland on August 2, 1886, and served until August 17, 1889, when a successor was appointed; appointed secretary of the State agricultural society of Wisconsin in 1885 and served until 1899; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; retired from public life and active business pursuits and resided in Beloit, Wis., until his death there on March 11, 1907; interment in the Protestant Cemetery.

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

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