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James Thomas ELLIOTT

(1823-1875)

ELLIOTT, James Thomas, a Representative from Arkansas; born in Columbus, Monroe County, Ga., April 22, 1823; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Camden, Ark.; chosen president of the Mississippi, Ouachita & Red River Railroad in 1858; circuit judge of the sixth judicial district of Arkansas from October 2, 1865, to September 15, 1866; established and edited the South Arkansas Journal in 1867; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Hinds and served from January 13, 1869, to March 3, 1869; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; elected to the State senate in 1870; appointed judge of the ninth judicial district in 1872 and served until the adoption of the State constitution in 1874; died in Camden, Ouachita County Ark., on July 28, 1875; interment in Oakland Cemetery.

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

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