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Woodson Ratcliffe OGLESBY

(1867-1955)

OGLESBY, Woodson Ratcliffe, (cousin of Richard James Oglesby), a Representative from New York; born near Shelbyville, Shelby County, Ky., February 9, 1867; attended the public schools, Kentucky Wesleyan College (then at Millersburg), and the Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1890 and commenced practice in New York City; served during the Spanish- American War as a private in Company C, Seventy-first Regiment, New York National Guard; member of the State assembly in 1906; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1917); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law in New York City until his retirement in 1928 and resided in Yonkers, N.Y., and Quincy, Fla.; died in Quincy, Fla., April 30, 1955; interment in Eastern Cemetery, Quitman, Ga.

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

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