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Robert Washington FYAN

(1835-1896)

FYAN, Robert Washington, a Representative from Missouri; born in Bedford Springs, Bedford County, Pa., March 11, 1835; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Marshfield, Webster County, Mo.; county attorney in 1859; entered the Union Army in June 1861, serving with Colonel Hampton’s regiment, Webster County Home Guards, the Twenty-fourth Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and the Forty-sixth Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry; circuit attorney in 1865 and 1866; circuit judge of the fourteenth judicial circuit of Missouri from April 1866 to January 1883; member of the State constitutional convention in 1875; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); elected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); resumed the practice of law; died in Marshfield, Mo., July 28, 1896; interment in Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, Mo.

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

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