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Jonathan Prentiss DOLLIVER

(1858-1910)
Senate Years of Service:
1900-1910
Party:
Republican

DOLLIVER, Jonathan Prentiss, (uncle of James Isaac Dolliver), a Representative and a Senator from Iowa; born near Kingwood, Preston County, Va. (now West Virginia), February 6, 1858; attended the public schools and was graduated from the University of West Virginia at Morgantown in 1876; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced practice in Fort Dodge, Iowa; city solicitor of Fort Dodge 1880-1887; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1889, to August 22, 1900, when he resigned to become Senator; chairman, Committee on Expenditures (Fifty-sixth Congress); appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1900 to fill the vacancy in the term ending March 3, 1901, caused by the death of John H. Gear; reappointed and subsequently elected for the term beginning March 4, 1901; reelected in 1907 and served from August 22, 1900, until his death in Fort Dodge, Iowa, October 15, 1910; chairman, Committee on Pacific Railroads (Fifty-seventh through Fifty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Education and Labor (Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses), Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Sixty-first Congress); interment in Oakland Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Ross, Thomas. Jonathan Prentiss Dolliver. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1958; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 61st Cong., 3rd sess., 1910. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1911.

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

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