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James PHELAN

(1856-1891)

PHELAN, James, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Aberdeen, Monroe County, Miss., December 7, 1856; moved with his father to Memphis, Tenn., in 1867; attended private schools and the Kentucky Military Institute near Frankfort in 1871; entered the University of Leipzig, Saxony, in 1874 and was graduated in February 1878; returned to Memphis; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in 1881; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1887, until his death in Nassau, Bahama Islands, on January 30, 1891; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.

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

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