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Elza JEFFORDS

(1826-1885)

JEFFORDS, Elza, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio, May 23, 1826; attended the common schools in Portsmouth, Ohio; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1847 and commenced practice in Portsmouth, Ohio; served in the Army of the Tennessee from June 1862 to December 1863 as clerk in the Quartermaster’s Department; judge of the high court of errors and appeals in Mississippi 1868 and 1869; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884; died in Vicksburg, Miss., on March 19, 1885; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, near Vicksburg.

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

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