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George Colin McKEE

(1837-1890)

McKEE, George Colin, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Joliet, Ill., October 2, 1837; attended Knox College and Lombard College, both at Galesburg, Ill.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Centralia, Ill.; city attorney of Centralia 1858-1861; served throughout the Civil War with the Eleventh Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; resumed the practice of law in Vicksburg, Miss., and engaged in planting in Hinds County; appointed register in bankruptcy in 1867; member of the State constitutional convention in 1868; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress, but his credentials were never presented to the House; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first, Forty-second, and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1875); chairman, Committee on Territories (Forty-third Congress); was appointed postmaster of Jackson, Miss., and served from June 28, 1881, to November 12, 1885; resumed the practice of his profession; receiver of public moneys from 1889 until his death in Jackson, Miss., on November 17, 1890; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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