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Daniel KERR

(1836-1916)

KERR, Daniel, a Representative from Iowa; born near Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland, June 18, 1836; immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Madison County, Ill., in 1841; attended the common schools; was graduated from McKendree College in 1858; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1862 and commenced practice in Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill.; enlisted in the Union Army August 12, 1862; promoted to second lieutenant, Company G, One Hundred and Seventeenth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in 1863 and to first lieutenant in 1864; member of the house of representatives of Illinois in 1868; moved to Grundy Center, Iowa, in 1870 and continued the practice of law; school director in 1875; elected mayor of Grundy Center in 1877; member of the State house of representatives in 1883; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888 and 1896; resumed the practice of his profession; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; moved to Pasadena, Calif., in 1909 and resided there until 1916, when he returned to Grundy Center, Iowa, where he died October 8, 1916; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

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