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Joseph Humphrey SLOSS

(1826-1911)

SLOSS, Joseph Humphrey, a Representative from Alabama; born in Somerville, Ala., October 12, 1826; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in St. Louis, Mo.; moved to Edwardsville, Ill., in 1849; member of the Illinois State house of representatives in 1858 and 1859; returned to Alabama; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army; mayor of Tuscumbia, Ala.; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; appointed United States marshal for the northern district of Alabama February 10, 1877, and served until September 6, 1882; clerk of the Federal court at Huntsville, Ala.; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Huntsville; moved to Memphis, Tenn., where he died January 27, 1911; interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Ala.

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

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