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John Milton ELLIOTT

(1820-1879)

ELLIOTT, John Milton, a Representative from Kentucky; born on the banks of Clinch River in Scott County, Va., May 20, 1820; moved to Morgan County (now Elliott County), Ky., and attended the common schools; was graduated from Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., in 1841; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky.; member of the State house of representatives in 1847; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth, and Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1859); chairman, Committee on Public Expenditures (Thirty-fifth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1858; resumed the practice of law; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1861; elected a Representative from Kentucky to the First and Second Confederate Congresses; circuit judge 1868-1874; judge of the court of appeals 1876-1879; assassinated at Frankfort, Ky., March 26, 1879; interment in the State Cemetery at Frankfort.

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

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