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Solomon Gilman COMSTOCK

(1842-1933)

COMSTOCK, Solomon Gilman, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Argyle, Penobscot County, Maine, May 9, 1842; moved to Passadumkeag, Maine, with his parents in 1845; attended the rural schools, East Corinth (Maine) Academy, Maine Wesleyan Academy at Kents Hill, and Hampden (Maine) Academy; studied law in Bangor, Maine, and later, in 1868 and 1869, continued his studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; moved to Nebraska in 1869 and settled in Omaha, where he was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice; moved to Minneapolis, Minn., in 1870, and to Moorhead, Clay County, Minn., in 1871, where he continued the practice of his profession; prosecuting attorney for Clay County 1872-1878; member of the State house of representatives in 1875, 1876, 1878, and 1881; served in the State senate 1882-1888; unsuccessful candidate for election as State attorney general in 1882 and as Lieutenant Governor in 1884; retired from law practice in 1884 and engaged in the real-estate business; 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; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; resumed the real-estate business in Moorhead, Minn.; also engaged in the manufacture of farm implements in 1893; member of the State normal school board 1897-1905; retired from business pursuits and resided in Moorhead, Minn., until his death there June 3, 1933; interment in Prairie Home Cemetery.

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

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