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James GUNN

(1843-1911)

GUNN, James, a Representative from Idaho; born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, March 6, 1843; immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Wisconsin; attended the common schools and Notre Dame Academy, Indiana; taught school; studied law, but did not practice; volunteered as a private in Company G, Twenty-seventh Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, in 1862 and served until October 1865; was mustered out with the rank of captain; in 1866 moved to Colorado, where he resided nine years in the counties of Gilpin and Clear Creek; mayor of Georgetown, Colo., three years; moved to Virginia City, Nev., in 1875, later to California, and to Hailey, Idaho, in Wood River Valley, in 1881, and was editor of the Sentinel; member of the State senate of the first State legislature in 1890; delegate to the Trans-Mississippi Congress in Denver, Colo.; editor of the Boise Sentinel 1892-1897; unsuccessful Populist candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress and in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; elected to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; commandant of the Idaho Soldiers’ Home 1901-1903; died in Boise, Idaho, November 5, 1911; interment in St. John’s Cemetery.

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

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