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William Claiborne OWENS

(1849-1925)

OWENS, William Claiborne, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Georgetown, Scott County, Ky., October 17, 1849; attended the common schools, also Kentucky Wesleyan College, Millersburg Ky., Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., and was graduated from Columbia Law College, New York City, in 1872; was admitted to the bar in the same year and commenced practice in Georgetown, Ky.; prosecuting attorney for Scott County from 1874 to 1877, when he resigned; member of the State house of representatives 1877-1887 and served as speaker in 1882 and 1883; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; became affiliated with the Republican Party in 1896; major in the Second Regiment, Kentucky Volunteers, during the Spanish-American War in 1898; moved to Louisville, Ky., in 1900 and resumed the practice of law; died in Louisville, Ky., November 18, 1925; interment in Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Ky.

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

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