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William Hall DOOLITTLE

(1848-1914)

DOOLITTLE, William Hall, a Representative from Washington; born near North East in Erie County, Pa., November 6, 1848; moved with his parents to Portage County, Wis., in 1859; attended the district school; early in 1865, enlisted as a private in the Ninth Wisconsin Battery; went to Pennsylvania in 1867 and pursued an academic course; studied law in Chautauqua County, N.Y., and was admitted to the bar in 1871; moved to Nebraska in 1872 and commenced practice in Tecumseh, Johnson County; member of the State house of representatives 1874-1876; assistant United States district attorney 1876-1880; moved to Washington Territory in 1880 and settled in Colfax, Whitman County; engaged in the practice of law; moved to Tacoma in 1888; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Tacoma, Wash., February 26, 1914; interment in Tacoma Cemetery.

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

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