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William Pinkney McLEAN

(1836-1925)

McLEAN, William Pinkney, a Representative from Texas; born in Copiah County, Miss., August 9, 1836; moved with his mother to Marshall, Tex., in 1839; attended private schools and was graduated from the law department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1857; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced the practice of his profession at Jefferson, Marion County, Tex.; member of the State house of representatives in 1861; resigned to enter the Confederate Army as a private; was promoted to captain and then major, and served throughout the Civil War; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1869; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; resumed the practice of law in Mount Pleasant, Titus County, Tex.; member of the State constitutional convention in 1875; elected judge of the fifth judicial district in 1884; declined to be a candidate for reelection; appointed by Governor Hogg a member of the first State railroad commission in 1891; resigned and moved to Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Tex., in 1893; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Fort Worth on March 13, 1925; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

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