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Thomas Chipman McRAE

(1851-1929)

McRAE, Thomas Chipman, (cousin of Thomas Banks Cabaniss), a Representative from Arkansas; born in Mount Holly, Union County, Ark., December 21, 1851; attended private schools in Shady Grove, Columbia County, in Mount Holly, Union County, and in Falcon, Nevada County, Ark.; was graduated from Soule Business College, New Orleans, La., in 1869, and from the law school of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1872; was admitted to the bar in 1873 and commenced practice in Rosston, Nevada County, Ark.; appointed election commissioner in 1874; member of the State house of representatives in 1877; chairman of the Democratic State conventions of 1884 and 1902; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James K. Jones; reelected to the Fiftieth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from December 7, 1885, to March 3, 1903; chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); voluntarily retired; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in banking in Prescott, Ark.; president of the Arkansas Bar Association in 1917 and 1918; member of the Arkansas constitutional convention in 1918; Governor of Arkansas from January 14, 1921, to January 14, 1925; elected life member Arkansas Democratic State convention in 1926; resumed the practice of law and engaged in banking until his death in Prescott, Ark., on June 2, 1929; interment in De Ann Cemetery.

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

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