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David Patterson DYER

(1838-1924)

DYER, David Patterson, (uncle of Leonidas Carstarphen Dyer), a Representative from Missouri; born in Henry County, Va., February 12, 1838; moved with his parents to Lincoln County, Mo., in 1841; completed preparatory studies; studied law in Bowling Green, Pike County, Mo., and was admitted to the bar in March 1859; elected prosecuting attorney for the third judicial circuit in 1860; during the Civil War served as a private in Captain Hardin’s company, Pike County Regiment, Missouri Home Guard, and as lieutenant colonel and colonel in the Forty-ninth Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry; member of the State house of representatives 1862-1865; secretary of the State senate in 1866; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; resumed the practice of his profession in St. Louis, Mo.; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor in 1880; appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt United States attorney for the eastern district of Missouri and served from March 9, 1902, to March 31, 1907; served as United States judge for the eastern district of Missouri from April 1, 1907, to November 3, 1919, when he retired; died in St. Louis, Mo., April 29, 1924; interment in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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

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