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Archibald DIXON

(1802-1876)
Senate Years of Service:
1852-1855
Party:
Whig

DIXON, Archibald, a Senator from Kentucky; born near Redhouse, Caswell County, N.C., April 2, 1802; moved with his parents to Henderson County, Ky., in 1805; educated by his mother and attended the common schools; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1824 and commenced practice in Henderson, Ky.; member, State house of representatives 1830, 1841; member, State senate 1836; lieutenant governor of Kentucky 1843; member of the State constitutional convention in 1849; elected as a Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry Clay and served from September 1, 1852, until March 3, 1855; was not a candidate for reelection in 1854; resumed the practice of law; also engaged as a planter; died in Henderson, Ky., April 23, 1876; interment in Fernwood Cemetery.

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

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