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William Ferguson SLEMONS

(1830-1918)

SLEMONS, William Ferguson, a Representative from Arkansas; born near Dresden, Weakley County, Tenn., March 15, 1830; attended Bethel College; moved to Arkansas in 1852; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1855 and practiced in Monticello, Drew County; member of the Arkansas State convention in 1861; entered the Confederate Army in July 1861 and served as colonel in Price’s Cavalry throughout the Civil War; resumed the practice of law; district attorney 1866-1868; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; resumed the practice of his profession in Monticello, Ark.; county and probate judge of Drew County 1903-1907; justice of the peace 1908-1918; died in Monticello, Ark., December 10, 1918; interment in Union Ridge Cemetery, near Monticello, Ark.

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

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