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William Josiah MacDONALD

(1873-1946)

MacDONALD, William Josiah, a Representative from Michigan; born in Potosi, Grant County, Wis., November 17, 1873; attended the common schools and was graduated from the high school at Fairmont, Minn.; attended the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and Georgetown Law School, Washington, D.C.; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Calumet, Mich., in 1895; prosecuting attorney for Keweenaw County, Mich., 1898-1904; prosecuting attorney for Houghton County, Mich., 1906-1912; successfully contested as a Progressive the election of H. Olin Young to the Sixty-third Congress and served from August 26, 1913, to March 3, 1915; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress and for election in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Springfield, Ill., in 1917; moved to East St. Louis, Ill., in 1922 and engaged in the practice of his profession; died in Chicago, Ill., March 29, 1946; interment in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.

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

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