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William Henderson CATE

(1839-1899)

CATE, William Henderson, a Representative from Arkansas; born near Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tenn., November 11, 1839; attended the common schools, and an academy at Abingdon, Va.; was graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1857; taught school in the south and west; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and was promoted to captain; moved to Jonesboro, Craighead County, Ark., in 1865; studied law; was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Jonesboro; member of the Arkansas house of representatives 1871-1873 and during the extra session of 1874; elected prosecuting attorney in 1878; was appointed and subsequently elected judge of the second judicial circuit of Arkansas in 1884; organized the Bank of Jonesboro in 1887; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, to March 5, 1890, when he was succeeded by Lewis P. Featherstone, who contested the election; elected to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law in Jonesboro, Ark.; died while on a visit in Toledo, Ohio, August 23, 1899; interment in the City Cemetery, Jonesboro, Ark.

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

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