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Robert William BONYNGE

(1863-1939)

BONYNGE, Robert William, a Representative from Colorado; born in New York City September 8, 1863; attended the public schools; was graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1882 and from the law department of Columbia College, New York City, in 1885; was admitted to the bar in 1885 and commenced practice in New York City; moved to Denver, Colo., in 1888 and continued the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1893 and 1894; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; contested the election to the Fifty-eighth Congress of John F. Shafroth, who in an address before the House of Representatives conceded his defeat and withdrew from the contest; reelected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses and served from February 16, 1904, until March 3, 1909; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; member of the National Monetary Commission 1908-1912; resumed the practice of law in Denver, Colo.; moved to New York City in November 1912 and continued the practice of law; chief counsel of the New York State Industrial Commission 1916-1918; appointed United States agent before the Mixed Claims Commission (United States and Germany) in 1923 and before the Tripartite Claims Commission (United States, Austria, and Hungary) in 1927; died in New York City, September 22, 1939; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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