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James Thompson MAFFETT

(1837-1912)

MAFFETT, James Thompson, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Clarion Township, Clarion County, Pa., February 2, 1837; attended the common schools, Rimersburg Academy, and Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa.; taught school in Missouri for one year, and then, in 1859, moved to California, where he taught school in Amador County and began the study of law; returned to Pennsylvania in 1870 and continued the study of law; was admitted to the bar in Brookville, Pa., in 1872 and commenced the practice of his profession in Clarion, Pa.; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in 1884; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889); was not a candidate for renomination in 1888; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Clarion, Pa., on December 19, 1912; interment in Clarion Cemetery.

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

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