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William Horace CLAGETT

(1838-1901)

CLAGETT, William Horace, (uncle of Samuel Barrett Pettengill), a Delegate from the Territory of Montana; born in Upper Marlboro, Prince Georges County, Md., September 21, 1838; moved with his father to Keokuk, Iowa, in 1850; attended the public schools; studied law in Keokuk and at the law school in Albany, N.Y.; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Keokuk; moved to Carson City, Nev., in 1861 and Humboldt, Nev., in 1862 and continued the practice of law; member of the Territorial house of representatives in 1862 and 1863 and of the State house of representatives in 1864 and 1865; practiced law in Virginia City, Nev., Helena, Mont., and Deer Lodge, Mont.; elected as a Republican a Delegate from Montana to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law in Deer Lodge, Mont., Denver, Colo., Deadwood, Dakota Territory, Portland, Oreg., and Coeur d’alene, Idaho; president of the constitutional convention of Idaho in 1889; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate from Idaho in 1891 and again in 1895; moved to Spokane, Wash., resumed the practice of law, and died there August 3, 1901; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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