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Henry Sterling MAGOON

(1832-1889)

MAGOON, Henry Sterling, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Monticello, Lafayette County, Wis., January 31, 1832; attended the Rock River Seminary, Mount Morris, Ill., and was graduated from the Western Military College, Drennon, Ky., in 1853; studied law in the Montrose Law School, Frankfort, Ky.; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Shullsburg, Wis.; professor of ancient languages in Nashville (Tenn.) University 1855-1857; returned to Wisconsin and practiced law at Darlington, Lafayette County; elected district attorney in 1858; member of the State senate in 1871 and 1872; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); was not a candidate for renomination in 1876; resumed the practice of law in Milwaukee, Wis.; regent of the University of Wisconsin at Madison one term; first native of Wisconsin to serve in the State senate or in the House of Representatives; died while on a visit to his summer home in Darlington, Wis., March 3, 1889; interment in Union Grove Cemetery.

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

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