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James HARLAN

(1800-1863)

HARLAN, James, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Mercer County, Ky., June 22, 1800; attended the public schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits from 1817 to 1821; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1823 and commenced practice in Harrodsburg, Ky.; prosecuting attorney 1829-1844; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1839); secretary of state of Kentucky 1840-1844; member of the State house of representatives in 1845; attorney general of Kentucky from 1850 until his death in Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., February 18, 1863.

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

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