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Hamilton Dudley COLEMAN

(1845-1926)

COLEMAN, Hamilton Dudley, a Representative from Louisiana; born in New Orleans, La., May 12, 1845; attended public and private schools; enlisted in 1861 as a private in the Washington Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia, and served throughout the Civil War, surrendering at Appomattox with Gen. Robert E. Lee; manufacturer and dealer in plantation machinery at New Orleans; one of the organizers of the first electric lighting company established in New Orleans in 1880, serving as vice president and in 1881 as president of the company; active in the organization of the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition in 1884 and 1885; member of the Republican State central committee in 1884; election commissioner in 1886; president of the New Orleans chamber of commerce in 1887 and 1888; one of the vice presidents of the National Board of Trade in 1888 and 1889; vice president of the New Orleans Board of Trade in 1889; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress and for election in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1890 and 1894 and for Lieutenant Governor in 1892; delegate to the Republican League Convention at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1895; appointed melter and refiner of the United States mint at New Orleans in 1899 and served until March 1, 1905; served as a member of the United States Assay Commission in 1912; died in Biloxi, Harrison County, Miss., March 16, 1926; interment in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, La.

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

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