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Samuel Greeley HILBORN

(1834-1899)

HILBORN, Samuel Greeley, a Representative from California; born in Minot, Androscoggin (then Cumberland) County, Maine, December 9, 1834; attended the common schools, Hebron Academy, and Gould’s Academy, Bethel, Maine, and was graduated from Tufts College, Medford, Mass., in 1859; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1861; moved to California; located in Vallejo, Solano County, and engaged in the practice of law; served in the State senate 1875-1879; member of the constitutional convention in 1879; moved to San Francisco, Calif., in 1883; appointed by President Arthur United States district attorney for the district of California and served from 1883 to 1886; moved to Oakland in 1887 and continued the practice of his profession; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Joseph McKenna; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Fifty-third Congress and served from December 5, 1892, until April 4, 1894, when he was succeeded by Warren B. English, who contested his election; elected to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1898; lived in retirement until his death in Washington, D.C., April 19, 1899; interment in Rock Creek Cemetery.

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

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