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Stephen Alonzo COBB

(1833-1878)

COBB, Stephen Alonzo, a Representative from Kansas; born in Madison, Somerset County, Maine, June 17, 1833; attended the common schools; moved with his father to Minnesota in 1850; studied languages and prepared for college; entered Beloit College, Beloit, Wis., in 1854, where he was a student for two years; was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1858; settled in Wyandotte, Wyandotte County, Kans., in 1859 and commenced the practice of law; entered the Union Army in 1862; became captain and commissary sergeant of Volunteers on May 18, 1864; brevetted major August 16, 1865, and honorably discharged on September 23, 1865; mayor of Wyandotte in 1862 and again in 1868; served in the State senate in 1862, 1869, and 1870; member of the State house of representatives in 1872 and served as speaker; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; died in Wyandotte (now a part of Kansas City), Kans., August 24, 1878; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Kansas City, Kans.

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

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