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Francis Marion GRIFFITH

(1849-1927)

GRIFFITH, Francis Marion, a Representative from Indiana; born in Moorefield, Switzerland County, Ind., August 21, 1849; attended the country schools of the county, the high school in Vevay, Ind., and Franklin College, Franklin, Ind.; taught school; appointed school superintendent of Switzerland County in 1873; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Vevay; county treasurer 1875-1877; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880; member of the State senate 1886-1894 and served as Acting Lieutenant Governor 1891-1894; unsuccessful candidate for attorney general of Indiana in 1894; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William S. Holman; reelected to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses and served from December 6, 1897, to March 3, 1905; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1904; resumed the practice of law in Vevay, Ind.; city attorney 1912-1916; judge of the circuit court of the fifth judicial district 1916-1922; again engaged in the practice of his profession; died in Vevay, Ind., February 8, 1927; interment in Vevay Cemetery.

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

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