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Wilkinson CALL

(1834-1910)
Senate Years of Service:
1879-1897
Party:
Democrat

CALL, Wilkinson, (nephew of Richard Keith Call and cousin of James David Walker), a Senator from Florida; born in Russellville, Logan County, Ky., January 9, 1834; attended the common schools; moved to Jacksonville, Fla.; studied law; admitted to the bar and practiced; served as adjutant general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; elected to the United States Senate on December 29, 1865, but was not permitted to take the seat; member of the Democratic National Executive Committee; practiced law in Jacksonville; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1879; reelected in 1885 and 1891 and served from March 4, 1879, to March 3, 1897; chairman, Committee on Civil Service and Retrenchment (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Patents (Fifty-third Congress); retired and resided in Washington, D.C., until his death on August 24, 1910; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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