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Poindexter DUNN

(1834-1914)

DUNN, Poindexter, a Representative from Arkansas; born near Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., November 3, 1834; moved with his father to Limestone County, Ala., in 1837; attended the country schools, and was graduated from Jackson College, Columbia, Tenn., in 1854; studied law; moved to St. Francis County, Ark., in 1856; elected to the State house of representatives in 1858; engaged in cotton growing until 1861; served as a captain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced the practice of law in Forrest City, Ark.; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1889); chairman, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Fiftieth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1888; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1888 and continued the practice of law; appointed a special commissioner for the prevention of frauds on the customs revenue, New York City, in 1893; moved to Baton Rouge, La., in 1895 and engaged in the construction of railroads; settled in Texarkana, Bowie County, Tex., in 1905, and died there on October 12, 1914; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

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