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MATHEWS, James, a Representative from Ohio; born in Liberty, Trumbull County, Ohio, June 4, 1805; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Coshocton, Ohio; member of the State house of representatives 1832-1837; served in the State senate in 1838 and 1839; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; moved to Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, in 1855; prosecuting attorney of Marion County, Iowa, 1857-1859; during the Civil War was appointed provost marshal of his district in 1861 and served until the close of the war; postmaster of Knoxville 1869-1870; resigned to take the chair of pomology at the Iowa State College at Ames and served four years; died in Knoxville, Iowa, March 30, 1887; interment in Graceland Cemetery.

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

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