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Benjamin Tucker EAMES

(1818-1901)

EAMES, Benjamin Tucker, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Dedham, Norfolk County, Mass., June 4, 1818; attended the common schools of Providence, R.I., and academies in Massachusetts and Connecticut; employed as a bookkeeper for several years; was graduated from Yale College in 1843; engaged as a teacher in the academy at North Attleboro, studying law at the same time; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Providence, R.I.; recording and reading clerk of the State house of representatives 1845-1850; member of the State senate 1854-1857, 1863, and again in 1864; one of the commissioners on the revision of the public laws of the State of Rhode Island in 1857; served in the State house of representatives in 1859, 1860, 1868, and 1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1879); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination; again a member of the State house of representatives 1879-1881; again served in the State senate in 1884 and 1885; died in East Greenwich, R.I., October 6, 1901; interment in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.

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

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