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John King LUTTRELL

(1831-1893)

LUTTRELL, John King, a Representative from California; born near Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., June 27, 1831; attended the common schools; moved with his parents to a farm in Alabama in 1844; moved to Missouri in 1845 with his parents, who settled on a farm near St. Joseph; moved to California in 1852 and engaged in mining; settled in Yolo County and engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Prairie City (later Folsom) in 1853, to El Dorado County in 1854 and thence to Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, and to Alameda County; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Oakland in 1856; justice of the peace in Brooklyn (now a part of Oakland) in 1856 and 1857; moved to Siskiyou County in 1858 and purchased a ranch near Fort Jones; engaged in agricultural pursuits, mining, and the practice of law; sergeant at arms of the State assembly in 1865 and 1866; member of the State house of representatives in 1871 and 1872; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third, Forty-fourth, and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1879); declined to be a candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law, farming, and mining; member of the board of State prison directors, 1887-1889; appointed United States Commissioner of Fisheries and special agent of the United States Treasury for Alaska in 1893; died in Sitka, Alaska, on October 4, 1893; interment in Fort Jones Cemetery, Fort Jones, Siskiyou County, Calif.

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

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