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Donelson CAFFERY

(1835-1906)
Senate Years of Service:
1892-1901
Party:
Democrat

CAFFERY, Donelson, (grandfather of Patrick Thomson Caffery), a Senator from Louisiana; born near Franklin, St. Mary Parish, La., September 10, 1835; attended private schools in Franklin, St. Mary’s College, Baltimore, Md., and Louisiana University at New Orleans; studied law; during the Civil War served as a lieutenant in the Thirteenth Louisiana Regiment; served as clerk of court in 1866; admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced the practice of law in Franklin, La.; sugar planter; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1879; member, State senate 1892-1893; appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1894 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Randall Lee Gibson and served from December 31, 1892, to March 3, 1901; was not a candidate for reelection in 1900; chairman, Committee on Enrolled Bills (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Fifty-sixth Congress); resumed the practice of law; died in New Orleans, La., on December 30, 1906; interment in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, La.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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