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Roger Quarles MILLS

(1832-1911)
Senate Years of Service:
1892-1899
Party:
Democrat

MILLS, Roger Quarles, a Representative and a Senator from Texas; born in Todd County, Ky., March 30, 1832; attended the common schools; moved to Texas in 1849; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice in Corsicana, Tex.; member, State house of representatives 1859-1860; enlisted in the Confederate Army and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of colonel of the Tenth Regiment, Texas Infantry; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third and to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1873, until his resignation on March 28, 1892, having been elected Senator; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Fiftieth Congress), Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Fifty-second Congress); elected to the United States Senate in 1892 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John H. Reagan; reelected in 1893 and served from March 23, 1892, to March 3, 1899; was not a candidate for reelection; died in Corsicana, Tex., September 2, 1911; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Barr, C. Alwyn. “The Making of a Secessionist: The Antebellum Career of Roger Q. Mills.” South Western History Quarterly 79 (October 1975): 129-44; Mills, Roger Quarles, and William McKinley. Addresses on the Tariff. Rochester, NY: n.p., 1891.

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

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