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Joseph TAGGART

(1867-1938)

TAGGART, Joseph, a Representative from Kansas; born near Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa, June 15, 1867; attended the district school; moved to Salina, Kans., in 1885; was graduated from the Salina Normal University in 1890; taught school in Bavaria, Kans., in 1892 and 1893; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced the practice of his profession in Salina, Kans., moving shortly thereafter to Kansas City, Kans.; prosecuting attorney of Wyandotte County 1907-1911; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alexander C. Mitchell; reelected to the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses and served from November 7, 1911, to March 3, 1917; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress; served as captain in the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army during the First World War; resumed the practice of law in Kansas City, Kans.; appointed judge of the Kansas Court of Industrial Relations in 1924; died in Wadsworth, Kans., on December 3, 1938; interment in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchison, Kans.

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

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