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Thomas Jefferson SELBY

(1840-1917)

SELBY, Thomas Jefferson, a Representative from Illinois; born in Delaware County, Ohio, December 4, 1840; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced the practice of his profession in 1875; sheriff of Jersey County, Ill., 1864-1866; published the Jersey County Democrat 1866-1870; county clerk 1869-1877; mayor of Jerseyville, Ill., two terms; State attorney for Calhoun County 1888-1900; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1903); resumed the practice of law; State’s attorney; died in Hardin, Calhoun County, Ill., March 10, 1917; interment in Hardin Cemetery.

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

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