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Marion DE VRIES

(1865-1939)

DE VRIES, Marion, a Representative from California; born on a ranch near Woodbridge, San Joaquin County, Calif., August 15, 1865; attended the public schools; was graduated from the San Joaquin Valley College, Woodbridge, Calif., in 1886 and from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1888; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Stockton, Calif., in 1889; assistant district attorney of San Joaquin County from January 1893 to February 1897, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, to August 20, 1900, when he resigned to accept a court position; appointed on June 9, 1900, a member of the Board of General Appraisers (now United States Customs Court) at New York City and served until his resignation effective April 1, 1910; was president of the board 1906-1910; associate judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals from April 2, 1910, to June 30, 1921; served as presiding judge from July 1, 1921, until October 31, 1922, when he resigned; reengaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and New York City, until 1939, when he retired to his ranch near Woodbridge, Calif., where he died on September 11, 1939; interment in the family plot on De Vries Ranch.

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

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