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Elias Selah HOLLIDAY

(1842-1936)

HOLLIDAY, Elias Selah, a Representative from Indiana; born in Aurora, Dearborn County, Ind., March 5, 1842; spent the early part of his life on farms in Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa; attended the common schools and taught in the public schools in Iowa; during the Civil War enlisted in the Fifth Kansas Regiment and served until August 12, 1864, when he was mustered out with the rank of first sergeant; attended Hartsville College, Bartholomew County, Ind.; engaged in teaching in Jennings County, Ind.; studied law at Mount Vernon, Ind.; was admitted to the bar in 1873 and commenced practice in Carbon, Clay County, Ind.; moved to Brazil, Ind., in 1874; mayor of Brazil 1877-1880, 1887, and 1888; city attorney in 1884; member of the city council 1892-1896; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1909); was not a candidate for renomination in 1908; reengaged in the practice of law in Brazil until 1922; died in Brazil, Ind., March 13, 1936; interment in Cottage Hill Cemetery.

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

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