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Thomas Montague GUNTER

(1826-1904)

GUNTER, Thomas Montague, a Representative from Arkansas; born near McMinnville, Warren County, Tenn., September 18, 1826; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Irving College in 1850; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Fayetteville, Washington County, Ark., in 1853; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as colonel of the Thirteenth Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers; prosecuting attorney for the fourth judicial circuit 1866-1868; successfully contested as a Democrat the election of William W. Wilshire to the Forty-third Congress; reelected to the Forty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from June 16, 1874, to March 3, 1883; chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-fourth through Forty-sixth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1882; resumed the practice of law in Fayetteville, Ark., and died there January 12, 1904; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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