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Lewis Porter FEATHERSTONE

(1851-1922)

FEATHERSTONE, Lewis Porter, a Representative from Arkansas; born in Oxford, Lafayette County, Miss., July 28, 1851; attended the common schools and the law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn.; engaged in planting in Shelby County, Tenn., 1872-1881; moved to St. Francis County, Ark., and continued as a planter; member of the State house of representatives in 1887 and 1888; elected president of the State Wheel (a farmers’ organization) in 1887 and reelected in 1888; successfully contested as a Labor Party candidate the election of William H. Cate to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 5, 1890, until March 3, 1891; unsuccessful candidate on the Union Labor ticket for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; engaged in railroad building and in development of iron resources of Texas; was commissioned captain in the First Regiment, United States Volunteers (Immune), in 1898; died in Longview, Tex., March 14, 1922; interment in Mission Cemetery, San Antonio, Tex.

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

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