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Solomon P. SHARP

(1780-1825)

SHARP, Solomon P., a Representative from Kentucky; born in Abingdon, Washington County, Va., in 1780; moved with his parents to Kentucky; pursued preparatory studies; engaged in agricultural pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1809 and began practice in Russellville, Ky.; member of the State house of representatives 1809-1811, 1817, and 1818; entered the War of 1812 as captain of a company which he organized and later was made a colonel of militia; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1817); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Fourteenth Congress); again a member of the State house of representatives in 1817 and 1818; resumed the practice of law; moved to Frankfort, Ky., in 1820; attorney general of Kentucky 1820-1824; again served in the State house of representatives in 1825; assassinated in Frankfort, Ky., November 7, 1825; interment in the State Cemetery.

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

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