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Benjamin Grubb HUMPHREYS

(1865-1923)

HUMPHREYS, Benjamin Grubb, (father of William Yerger Humphreys), a Representative from Mississippi; born in Claiborne County, Miss., August 17, 1865; attended the public schools at Lexington, Miss., and the University of Mississippi at Oxford; engaged in mercantile pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1891 and commenced practice in Greenwood, Miss.; superintendent of education for Leflore County 1892-1896; district attorney for the fourth district of Mississippi 1895-1903; raised a company in April 1898 for service in the Spanish-American War and was its first lieutenant, serving under Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee in Florida during the entire war; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1903, until his death; chairman, Committee on Territories (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Flood Control (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses); delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920; died in Greenville, Miss., October 16, 1923; interment in Greenville Cemetery.

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

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