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Robert LOWRY

(1824-1904)

LOWRY, Robert, a Representative from Indiana; born in Killeleigh, County Down, Ireland, April 2, 1824; immigrated to the United States and settled in Rochester, N.Y.; educated in private schools and had partial academic course; librarian of Rochester Athenaeum and Young Men’s Association; studied law; moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1843; city recorder in 1844 and 1845; was admitted to the bar in 1846 and commenced practice in Goshen, Ind.; auditor of Elkhart County in 1852; circuit judge in 1852; president of the Democratic State convention; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Baltimore in 1860 and 1872; served as circuit judge from 1864 until January 1875, when he resigned; judge of the superior court in 1877 and 1878; elected the first president of the Indiana State Bar Association in July 1879; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Forty-ninth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., January 27, 1904; interment in Linderwood Cemetery.

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

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