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John Blair HOGE

(1825-1896)

HOGE, John Blair, a Representative from West Virginia; born in Richmond, Va., on February 2, 1825; studied law; was admitted to the bar in April 1845 and commenced practice in Martinsburg; chosen president of the Bank of Berkeley, Virginia (now West Virginia), in 1853; served in the Virginia house of delegates 1855-1859; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Charleston and Baltimore in 1860; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army in line and staff until paroled in 1865; engaged in journalism; resumed the practice of law in Martinsburg, W.Va., in 1870; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1872; member of the Democratic National Committee 1872-1876; judge of the third judicial circuit in 1872, which office he resigned in August 1880; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); United States district attorney for the District of Columbia 1885-1889; died in Martinsburg, W.Va., March 1, 1896; interment in Norborne Cemetery.

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

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