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David Grant COLSON

(1861-1904)

COLSON, David Grant, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Yellow Creek (now Middlesboro), Knox (now Bell) County, Ky., April 1, 1861; attended the common schools and the academies at Tazewell and Mossy Creek, Tenn.; studied law at the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1879 and 1880; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Pineville; examiner and special examiner in the Pension Bureau of the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., from September 1882 to June 1886; returned to Kentucky in 1887; member of the State house of representatives in 1887 and 1888; mayor of Middlesboro 1893-1895; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1899); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Fifty-fifth Congress); colonel of a Kentucky regiment during the Spanish-American War; died in Middlesboro, Ky., September 27, 1904; interment in Colson Cemetery.

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

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