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Rice GARLAND

(17951861)

GARLAND, Rice, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Lynchburg, Va., about 1795; pursued an academic course; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice; moved to Opelousas, La., in 1820 and continued the practice of his profession; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry A. Bullard; reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses and served from April 28, 1834, to July 21, 1840, when he resigned to accept an appointment as judge of the supreme court of Louisiana, in which capacity he served, with residence in New Orleans, La., until 1846; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Twenty-sixth Congress); moved to Brownsville, Tex., in 1846 and continued the practice of law until his death in that city in 1861; interment in a cemetery at Brownsville.

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

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