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Charles Fremont COCHRAN

(1846-1906)

COCHRAN, Charles Fremont, a Representative from Missouri; born in Kirksville, Adair County, Mo., September 27, 1846; moved to Atchison, Kans., in 1860; attended public and private schools; apprenticed to the printer’s trade; editor and publisher of the Atchison Patriot in 1868 and 1869; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1873 and practiced until 1885; prosecuting attorney of Atchison County, Kans., 1880-1884; returned to Missouri in 1885 and settled in St. Joseph; engaged in the newspaper business and edited the St. Joseph (Mo.) Gazette; served in the State senate 1890-1894; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1905); was a contestant for renomination in 1904 but finally withdrew as a candidate; founded the Observer, a weekly newspaper, of which he served as editor until his death in St. Joseph, Mo., on December 19, 1906; interment in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchison, Kans.

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

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