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Marion CANNON

(1834-1920)

CANNON, Marion, a Representative from California; born near Morgantown, Va. (now West Virginia), October 30, 1834; attended the district school; learned the blacksmith trade; moved to California in 1852 and engaged in mining in Nevada County for twenty-one years; elected county recorder of Nevada County in 1869 and served two years; moved to Ventura County, Calif., and settled near Ventura in 1874; engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected first State president of the Farmers’ Alliance November 20, 1890, and reelected October 22, 1891; organized the People’s Party of California October 20, 1891; chosen a representative to the supreme council in Indianapolis November 1891; selected by that body to represent California in the industrial conference at St. Louis February 22, 1892; delegate to the People’s Party National Convention in 1892; elected as Populist to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); was not a candidate for renomination in 1894; resumed agricultural pursuits until his death at “Ranch Home,” near Ventura, August 27, 1920; interment in Ivy Lawn Cemetery, Ventura, Calif.

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

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