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Adoniram Judson HOLMES

(1842-1902)

HOLMES, Adoniram Judson, a Representative from Iowa; born in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, March 2, 1842; moved with his parents to Palmyra, Wis., in 1853; attended the common schools; entered Milton College, Milton, Wis., but left in 1862 to enter the Union Army, where he served in the Twenty-fourth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, until the close of the Civil War; completed his studies in Milton College and was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1867; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Boone, Iowa, in 1868; mayor in 1880 and 1881; member of the State house of representatives in 1882 and 1883; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1888; Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives in the Fifty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Boone, Iowa; county attorney 1896-1899; died in Clarinda, Iowa, January 21, 1902; interment in Linwood Cemetery, Boone, Iowa.

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

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