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Jason NILES

(1814-1894)

NILES, Jason, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Burlington, Vt., December 19, 1814; attended the common schools and was graduated from the University of Vermont at Burlington in 1837; taught school in Ohio and Tennessee for a number of years; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Kosciusko, Attala County, Miss.; delegate to the State constitutional conventions in 1851, 1865, and 1868; member of the State house of representatives in 1870; circuit judge for the thirteenth judicial district in 1871 and 1872; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; editor of the Kosciusko Chronicle 1876-1880; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Kosciusko, Miss., July 7, 1894; interment in the City Cemetery.

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

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