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John Jefferson DE HAVEN

(1849-1913)

DE HAVEN, John Jefferson, a Representative from California; born in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo., March 12, 1849; moved to California in 1853 with his parents, who settled in Humboldt County; attended the common schools; became a printer, and pursued that vocation for four years; studied law; was admitted to the bar of the district court in Humboldt in 1866 and commenced practice at Eureka; elected district attorney of Humboldt County in 1867; member of the State house of representatives in 1869; served in the State senate 1871-1875; appointed city attorney of Eureka in 1878, and served two years; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; elected judge of the superior court of Humboldt County in 1884; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, until October 1, 1890, when he resigned; elected associate justice of the California Supreme Court to fill an unexpired term of four years; United States district judge for the northern district of California from June 8, 1897, until his death in Yountville, Napa County, Calif., January 26, 1913; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.

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

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