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Theobald OTJEN

(1851-1924)

OTJEN, Theobald, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in West China, St. Clair County, Mich., on October 27, 1851; attended the Marine City (Mich.) Academy and a private school in Detroit; employed as foreman in the rolling mill of the Milwaukee Iron Co. in Milwaukee 1870-1872; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor March 25, 1875; admitted to the bar at Ann Arbor in 1875 and commenced practice in Detroit, Mich.; moved to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1883; member of the common council of Milwaukee 1887-1894; trustee of the Milwaukee Public Library 1887-1891; trustee of the public museum 1891-1894; unsuccessful candidate for comptroller of the city in April 1892; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress and in 1893 to the same Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John L. Mitchell; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1907); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1906; resumed the practice of law in Milwaukee, Wis.; died in Milwaukee, Wis., April 11, 1924; interment in Forest Home Cemetery.

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

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