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William Lewis STOUGHTON

(1827-1888)

STOUGHTON, William Lewis, a Representative from Michigan; born in Bangor, N.Y., March 20, 1827; attended Kirkland, Painesville, and Madison Academies in Ohio; studied law in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan 1849-1851; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Sturgis, Mich., in 1851; prosecuting attorney 1855-1859; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860; appointed by President Lincoln as United States district attorney for the Michigan district in March 1861, but resigned a few months later to enter the Union Army; served as colonel and brigadier general and was promoted to the rank of major general by brevet; resigned in August 1864 because of ill health and resumed the practice of his profession in Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Mich., in 1865; member of the Michigan State Constitutional convention in 1867; attorney general of Michigan in 1867 and 1868; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1873); again engaged in the practice of his profession in May 1874; died in Sturgis, Mich., on June 6, 1888; interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

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

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