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William Wirt DIXON

(1838-1910)

DIXON, William Wirt, a Representative from Montana; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 3, 1838; moved to Illinois in 1843 and to Keokuk, Iowa, in 1849; pursued preparatory studies; studied law in Keokuk and was admitted to the bar in 1858; moved to Tennessee in 1860, in the same year to Arkansas, then to California in 1862, and thence to Humboldt County, Nev.; in 1866 moved to Montana and resided in Helena and later in Deer Lodge until 1879; member of the Territorial house of representatives in 1871 and 1872; spent two years in the Black Hills; returned to Montana in 1881, settled in Butte, and engaged in the practice of law; delegate to the constitutional conventions of Montana in 1884 and 1889; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Fifty-third Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; candidate for election to the United States Senate, but the legislature failed to make a choice; died in Los Angeles, Calif., November 13, 1910; interment in Calvary Cemetery; reinterment in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C., March 15, 1911.

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

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