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John Eugene OSBORNE

(1858-1943)

OSBORNE, John Eugene, a Representative from Wyoming; born in Westport, Essex County, N.Y., June 19, 1858; attended the common schools and was graduated from the high school at Westport; studied medicine and was graduated from the University of Vermont at Burlington in 1880; moved to Rawlins, Wyo., and engaged in the practice of medicine; later engaged in raising livestock on the open range; member of the Wyoming Territorial legislature 1883-1885; served as chairman of the Territorial penitentiary building commission in 1888, and as mayor of the city of Rawlins the same year; Governor of Wyoming 1893-1895; was renominated but declined; chairman of the Wyoming delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 1896; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1898; member of the Democratic National Committee 1900-1920; First Assistant Secretary of State 1913-1917; engaged in banking and stock raising; died in Rawlins, Wyo., on April 24, 1943; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Princeton, Ky.

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

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