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COONEY, James, a Representative from Missouri; born in County Limerick, Ireland, July 28, 1848; immigrated to the United States in 1852 with his parents, who settled near Troy, N.Y.; moved to Missouri where he attended the public schools and the University of Missouri at Columbia; taught school in Illinois for several years; in 1875 settled in Marshall, Mo.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and engaged in the practice of law; elected probate judge in 1880 and prosecuting attorney of Saline County in 1882 and 1884; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1903); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1902; resumed the practice of law; died in Marshall, Saline County, Mo., November 16, 1904; interment in Ridge Park Cemetery.

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