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Solomon Francis PROUTY

(1854-1927)

PROUTY, Solomon Francis, a Representative from Iowa; born in Delaware, Ohio, January 17, 1854; moved with his father to Marion County, Iowa, in 1855; attended the public schools, Central University, Pella, Iowa, 1870-1873, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, 1873-1875, and was graduated from Central University in 1877; professor at Central University 1878-1882; member of the State house of representatives in 1880 and 1881; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in Pella, Marion County, Iowa; moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1891 and engaged in the practice of law; judge of the district court in 1899; unsuccessful candidate for election to Congress in 1902, 1904, and 1908; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1915); was not a candidate for renomination in 1914; resumed the practice of his profession; trustee of the Central University of Iowa; died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, July 16, 1927; interment in Glendale Cemetery.

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

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