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Thomas Jefferson HUDSON

(1839-1923)

HUDSON, Thomas Jefferson, a Representative from Kansas; born near Jamestown, Boone County, Ind., October 30, 1839; attended Lebanon (Ind.) Academy and Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind.; moved to Nodaway, Mo., in 1854; moved to Coysville, Wilson County, Kans., in 1866 and taught in the first county school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Iola, Kans., in June 1869; moved to Fredonia, Kans., in 1869 and commenced practice; aided in the adoption of the fifteenth amendment; treasurer and member of the first Fredonia school board in the early seventies; member of the State house of representatives in 1870; mayor of Fredonia in 1871; organized the Wilson County Bank in Fredonia in 1871; was graduated from the law department of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1874; prosecuting attorney for Wilson County 1884-1886; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1884, 1888, 1896; elected as a Populist to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); was not a candidate for renomination in 1894; resumed the practice of law in Fredonia; regent of the State college of agriculture in 1897 and 1898; died in Wichita, Kans., on January 4, 1923; interment in Fredonia Cemetery, Fredonia, Kans.

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

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