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John William CALDWELL

(1837-1903)

CALDWELL, John William, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Russellville, Logan County, Ky., January 15, 1837; attended the common schools and Bethel College; moved with his uncle to Texas in 1850, where he worked on a farm; engaged as a clerk and as a surveyor; returned to Kentucky and studied law in the Louisville University; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Russellville, Ky.; volunteered as a private in the Confederate Army in 1861 and was immediately elected captain of the “Logan Grays”; promoted to major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the Ninth Regiment, Kentucky Infantry; resumed the practice of law in Russellville in 1865; elected judge of the Logan County Court in 1866 and reelected in 1870; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1883); declined to be a candidate for reelection; president of the Logan County Bank; died in Russellville, Ky., July 4, 1903; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.

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

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