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John Newton TILLMAN

(1859-1929)

TILLMAN, John Newton, a Representative from Arkansas; born near Springfield, Greene County, Mo., December 13, 1859; attended the common schools; was graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1880; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1883 and commenced practice in Fayetteville, Washington County, Ark.; clerk of the circuit court of Washington County 1884-1889; served in the State senate 1888-1892; prosecuting attorney of the fourth judicial circuit 1892-1898; judge of the same circuit court 1900-1905; president of the University of Arkansas 1905-1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1929); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1926 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against George W. English, judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois; did not seek renomination in 1928; died in Fayetteville, Ark., March 9, 1929; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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