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Aaron SHAW

(1811-1887)

SHAW, Aaron, a Representative from Illinois; born near Goshen, Orange County, N.Y., December 19, 1811; attended Montgomery Academy, New York; studied law in Goshen, N.Y.; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Lawrenceville, Ill.; delegate to the first Internal Improvement Convention of Illinois; elected State’s attorney by the Legislature of Illinois in 1842; member of the State house of representatives in 1850; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); was not a candidate for renomination in 1858; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1860; circuit judge of the fourth judicial district of Illinois 1863-1869; elected to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; resumed the practice of law; died in Olney, Richland County, Ill., January 7, 1887; interment in Haven Hill Cemetery.

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

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