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Seth Wallace COBB

(1838-1909)

COBB, Seth Wallace, a Representative from Missouri; born near Petersburg, Va., December 5, 1838; attended the common schools; joined a volunteer company from his native county in 1861 and served throughout the Civil War in the Army of Northern Virginia; moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1867 and was employed as a clerk in a grain commission house for three years; in 1870 became engaged in the same business on his own account; president of the Merchants’ Exchange in 1886; president of the corporation which built the Merchants’ Bridge across the Mississippi River at St. Louis; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second, Fifty-third, and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1897); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; resumed the grain commission business in St. Louis; vice president of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis in 1904; died in St. Louis, Mo., May 22, 1909; interment in Calvary Cemetery.

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

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