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George Arthur MATHEWS

(1852-1941)

MATHEWS, George Arthur, a Delegate from the Territory of Dakota; born in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., June 4, 1852; attended the common schools, Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa, in 1874, and the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1878; was admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced practice in Corning, Iowa; moved to Brookings, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), in 1879 and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of the fifth judicial circuit for the Territory of Dakota in 1884; member of the Territorial council and served as its president in 1887; elected as a Republican a Delegate to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, to November 2, 1889, when the Territory was admitted into the Union; mayor of the city of Brookings, S.Dak., 1897-1903; resumed the practice of law at Brookings, S.Dak.; retired from active practice and moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1910, where he died on April 19, 1941; the remains were cremated and the ashes deposited in Greenwood Cemetery, Brookings, S.Dak.

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

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