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Leonidas SEXTON

(1827-1880)

SEXTON, Leonidas, a Representative from Indiana; born in Rushville, Rush County, Ind., May 19, 1827; attended the public schools of his native county and was graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., in 1847; studied law in Rushville and in 1848 and 1849 attended the Cincinnati Law School; was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1850 and commenced the practice of his profession in Rushville, Ind.; member of the State house of representatives in 1856; elected Lieutenant Governor of Indiana and served from January 1873 to January 1877; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress; died in Parsons, Labette County, Kans., July 4, 1880; interment in East Hill Cemetery, Rushville, Ind.

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

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