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Martin DIES

(1870-1922)

DIES, Martin, (father of Martin Dies, Jr.), a Representative from Texas; born in Jackson Parish, La., March 13, 1870; moved with his parents to Freestone County, Tex., in 1876; attended the common schools and was graduated from the law department of the University of Texas at Austin; was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Woodville, Tex.; edited a newspaper in Freestone County; was county marshal; county judge of Tyler County in 1894; district attorney of the first judicial district of Texas 1898-1900; moved to Colorado, Tex., and engaged in the practice of law; moved to Beaumont, Tex., in 1902 and was employed as counsel for the Gulf Refining Co.; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1919); chairman, Committee on Railways and Canals (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1918; retired to his ranch on Turkey Creek, Tyler County, Tex.; moved to Kerrville, Tex., in 1921 and died there July 13, 1922; interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Tex.

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

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