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Jeptha Dudley NEW

(1830-1892)

NEW, Jeptha Dudley, a Representative from Indiana; born in Vernon, Jennings County, Ind., November 28, 1830; was graduated from Vernon (Ind.) Academy and Bethany (W.Va.) College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and practiced in Vernon, Ind., until 1864; mayor of Vernon 1852-1854; prosecuting attorney of Jennings County, Ind., 1860-1864; judge of the district court of common pleas 1864-1868; resumed the practice of law in Vernon; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; elected to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for reelection in 1880; judge of the sixth judicial circuit of Indiana 1882-1888; appellate judge in 1891; was nominated by the Democratic Party as a candidate for judge of the supreme court of Indiana in 1892, but died before the election in Vernon, Ind., July 9, 1892; interment in Vernon Cemetery.

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

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