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James Hugh RELFE


RELFE, James Hugh, a Representative from Missouri; born in Virginia October 17, 1791; moved to Washington County, Mo., about 1816 with his father, who settled in Caledonia; received a limited schooling; studied medicine and practiced in Caledonia, Mo.; appointed a member of the commission to adjust Spanish land claims to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Dr. Lewis F. Linn; member of the State house of representatives 1835-1844; served in the Black Hawk War; appointed United States marshal for the district of Missouri February 17, 1841; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); continued the practice of medicine in Caledonia, Washington County, Mo., until his death there September 14, 1863; interment in the Methodist Cemetery.

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