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Stephen Wallace DORSEY

(1842-1916)
Senate Years of Service:
1873-1879
Party:
Republican

DORSEY, Stephen Wallace, a Senator from Arkansas; born in Benson, Rutland County, Vt., February 28, 1842; moved to Ohio and settled in Oberlin; attended the public schools; during the Civil War served in the Union Army; returned to Ohio and settled in Sandusky; was employed by the Sandusky Tool Co. and subsequently became its president; elected president of the Arkansas Railway Co.; moved to Arkansas and settled in Helena; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1873, to March 3, 1879; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Forty-fifth Congress); member of the Republican National Committee in 1880; engaged in cattle raising and mining in New Mexico and Colorado; subsequently moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and resided there until his death on March 20, 1916; interment in Fairmont Cemetery, Denver, Colo.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Caperton, Thomas J. Rogue! Being an Account of the Life and High Times of Stephen W. Dorsey, United States Senator and New Mexico Cattle Baron. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1978; Lowry, Sharon K. “Portrait of an Age: The Political Career of Stephen W. Dorsey, 1868-1889.” Ph.D. dissertation, North Texas State University, 1980.

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

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