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James Grafton SPENCER

(1844-1926)

SPENCER, James Grafton, a Representative from Mississippi; born near Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Miss., September 13, 1844; attended private schools and Oakland College in 1861; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in Cowan’s battery of Light Artillery; served until the close of the Civil War in the Army of Mississippi and Tennessee; returned to his home and engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives 1892-1894; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); engaged in the real estate and insurance business; died in Port Gibson, Miss., February 22, 1926; interment in Wintergreen Cemetery.

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

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