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John Henry RANEY

(1849-1928)

RANEY, John Henry, a Representative from Missouri; born in Gravelton, Wayne County, Mo., September 28, 1849; attended Union School, Des Arc, Mo., and Woods School, Virginia Settlement, Mo.; judge of the county court of Wayne County 1880-1882; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1881 and commenced practice at Greenville, Mo.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits and as a stock raiser; prosecuting attorney of Wayne County 1882-1888; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1888 to the State house of representatives; delegate to all Republican State conventions 1884-1927; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; one of the board of regents of the State normal school, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 1893-1895; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Piedmont, Mo.; unsuccessful candidate for circuit judge of the twenty-first judicial district in 1898; again prosecuting attorney of Wayne County in 1921 and 1922; died near Patterson, Wayne County, Mo., January 23, 1928; interment in the Masonic Cemetery, Piedmont, Mo.

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

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