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John Plank TRACEY

(1836-1910)

TRACEY, John Plank, a Representative from Missouri; born in Wayne County, Ohio, September 18, 1836; attended the public schools of Ohio and Indiana; studied law; taught school; moved to Missouri in 1858; enlisted as a private in the Union Army March 1, 1862, and served until March 10, 1865, when he was mustered out with the rank of first lieutenant; commissioned lieutenant colonel of Missouri Enrolled Militia in April 1865; was admitted to the bar in May 1865 and commenced practice in Stockton, Cedar County, Mo.; moved to Springfield, Greene County, Mo., in 1874 and engaged in journalism; unsuccessful candidate for railroad commissioner in 1878; commissioned United States marshal for the western district of Missouri February 4, 1890, and served until March 4, 1894; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; member of the State house of representatives in 1903 and 1904; superintendent of the Soldiers’ Home at St. James, Mo., in 1909 and 1910; engaged in newspaper work in Springfield, Mo., where he died July 24, 1910; interment in Hazelwood Cemetery.

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

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