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James Andrew McKENZIE

(1840-1904)

McKENZIE, James Andrew, (uncle of John McKenzie Moss), a Representative from Kentucky; born in Bennettstown, Christian County, Ky., August 1, 1840; attended the common schools of Christian County and Centre College, Danville, Ky.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Hopkinsville, Ky.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; during the Civil War served as a private in the Confederate Army; member of the State house of representatives 1867-1871; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1882; secretary of state of Kentucky under Gov. J. Proctor Knott 1884-1888; commissioner from Kentucky to the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago, Ill., in 1893; appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Peru by President Cleveland in 1893; resigned and settled on his farm near Long View, Ky.; died at Oak Grove, Christian County, Ky., on June 25, 1904; interment in Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Ky.

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

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