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John Blaisdell CORLISS

(1851-1929)

CORLISS, John Blaisdell, a Representative from Michigan; born in Richford, Vt., June 7, 1851; attended the common schools and Fairfax (Vt.) Preparatory School; was graduated from the Vermont Methodist University at Montpelier in 1871 and from the law department of Columbian College (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C., in 1875; settled in Detroit, Mich., in 1875; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in that city; city attorney of Detroit 1882-1886; prepared the first complete charter for Detroit which was passed by the legislature in 1884; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1903); chairman, Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives (Fifty-fifth through Fifty-seventh Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; reengaged in the practice of law in Detroit, Mich., until his death there on December 24, 1929; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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