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Mark Lindsey DE MOTTE

(1832-1908)

DE MOTTE, Mark Lindsey, a Representative from Indiana; born in Rockville, Parke County, Ind., December 28, 1832; pursued preparatory studies; was graduated from the literary department of Indiana Asbury (now De Pauw) University, Greencastle, Ind., in 1853 and from the law department of the same university in 1855; was admitted to the bar and began practice in Valparaiso in 1855; elected prosecuting attorney of the sixty-seventh judicial district in 1856; served in the Union Army with the rank of first lieutenant in 1861; promoted to captain in 1862; at the close of the war moved to Lexington, Mo., and resumed the practice of law; editor and proprietor of the Lexington Register; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election to Congress in 1872 and 1876; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; returned to Valparaiso, Ind., in 1877 and resumed the practice of law; organized the Northern Indiana Law School in 1879; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; member of the State senate 1886-1890; appointed postmaster of Valparaiso March 24, 1890, and served until March 20, 1894; dean of the Northern Indiana Law School 1890-1908; died in Valparaiso, Porter County, Ind., September 23, 1908; interment in Maplewood Cemetery.

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

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