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Edward CROSS

(1798-1887)

CROSS, Edward, a Representative from Arkansas; born in Hawkins City, Tenn., November 11, 1798; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; moved to Arkansas in 1826; appointed May 26, 1830, United States judge for the Territory of Arkansas; served as United States surveyor general for Arkansas from April 30, 1836, until September 1, 1838; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh, and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1845); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Twenty-eighth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination; judge of the State supreme court from July 1845 to 1855; president of the Cairo & Fulton (later the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern) Railway 1855-1862; appointed attorney general of Arkansas in 1874; died at his country residence, “Marlbrook,” near Washington, Hempstead County, Ark., April 6, 1887; interment on his estate.

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

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