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John Rice EDEN

(1826-1909)

EDEN, John Rice, a Representative from Illinois; born in Bath County, Ky., February 1, 1826; moved with his parents to Indiana; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Sullivan, Ill.; prosecuting attorney for the seventeenth judicial district of Illinois 1856-1860; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois in 1868; elected to the Forty-third, Forty-fourth, and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1879); chairman, Committee on War Claims (Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878; resumed the practice of law in Sullivan, Ill.; elected to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886; again engaged in the practice of law; died in Sullivan, Moultrie County, Ill., June 9, 1909; interment in Greenhill Cemetery.

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

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