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Presley Thornton GLASS

(1824-1902)

GLASS, Presley Thornton, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Houston, Halifax County, Va., October 18, 1824; in 1828 moved with his parents to Weakley County, Tenn., where he attended Dresden Academy; elected colonel of militia when eighteen years of age; studied law; attended one course at Lexington (Ky.) Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1847 and commenced practice in Ripley, Tenn.; member of the State house of representatives in 1848 and again in 1882; during the Civil War served as commissary with the rank of major in the Confederate service; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1888; died in Ripley, Tenn., on October 9, 1902; interment in Maplewood Cemetery.

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

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