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Horace Henry POWERS

(1835-1913)

POWERS, Horace Henry, a Representative from Vermont; born in Morristown, Lamoille County, Vt., May 29, 1835; attended Peoples Academy; was graduated from the University of Vermont at Burlington in 1855; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and practiced in Hyde Park, Vt., 1859-1862; member of the State house of representatives in 1858; prosecuting attorney of Lamoille County in 1861 and 1862; member of the council of censors in 1869; member of the State constitutional convention in 1870; served in the State senate in 1872 and 1873; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1874 and served as speaker; judge of the supreme court of Vermont from December 1874 to December 1890; trustee of the University of Vermont from 1883 until his death; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1901); chairman, Committee on Pacific Railroads (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-sixth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1900; resumed the practice of law in Morrisville, Vt.; died in Morrisville, Vt., December 8, 1913; interment in Pleasant View Cemetery.

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

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