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Coles BASHFORD

(1816-1878)

BASHFORD, Coles, a Delegate from the Territory of Arizona; born near Cold Spring, Putnam County, N.Y., January 24, 1816; attended the Wesleyan Seminary (now Genesee College), Lima, N.Y.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842; district attorney for Wayne County 1847-1850; resigned in 1850 and moved to Oshkosh, Wis.; member of the Wisconsin senate in 1853 and 1855; first Republican Governor of Wisconsin 1855-1858; declined renomination; moved to Arizona in 1863; first attorney general of Arizona 1864-1866; presiding officer of first Territorial Council in 1865; elected as an Independent to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); secretary of state of Arizona 1869-1876; resigned and moved to Prescott, Ariz., in 1876, where he engaged in business; died in Prescott, Ariz., April 25, 1878; interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.

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

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