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Lewis Winans ROSS

(1812-1895)

ROSS, Lewis Winans, a Representative from Illinois; born near Seneca Falls, Seneca County, N.Y., December 8, 1812; moved to Illinois and settled in Lewistown; completed preparatory studies and attended Illinois College at Jacksonville in 1837; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Lewistown, Ill.; member of the State house of representatives in 1840, 1841, 1844, and 1845; member of the State constitutional conventions in 1861 and 1870; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; resumed the practice of law; died in Lewistown, Ill., October 20, 1895; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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