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Marsena Edgar CUTTS

(1833-1883)

CUTTS, Marsena Edgar, a Representative from Iowa; born in Orwell, Addison County, Vt., May 22, 1833; attended the common schools of his native village and St. Lawrence Academy, Potsdam, N.Y.; moved to Sheboygan Falls, Wis., in 1853; taught school for two years, at the same time studying law; moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, in June 1855 and completed his law studies; was admitted to the bar in August and commenced practice in Montezuma, Iowa; prosecuting attorney of Poweshiek County in 1857 and 1858; member of the State house of representatives at the extra session in May 1861; served in the State senate from January 1864 until August 1866, when he resigned and returned to Oskaloosa; again a member of the State house of representatives 1870-1872; attorney general of Iowa 1872-1877; presented credentials as a Republican Member-elect to the Forty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1881, to March 3, 1883 (the closing day of Congress), when he was succeeded by John C. Cook, who contested the election; elected to the Forty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1883, until his death in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa, on September 1, 1883, before the assembling of the Congress; interment in Forest Cemetery.

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

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