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Erastus Johnson TURNER

(1846-1933)

TURNER, Erastus Johnson, a Representative from Kansas; born in Lockport, Erie County, Pa., December 26, 1846; attended college in Henry, Ill., in 1859 and 1860; moved to Bloomfield, Iowa, in 1860; enlisted in Company E, Thirteenth Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in 1864 and served until the close of the Civil War; attended Adrian (Mich.) College 1866-1868; was admitted to the bar in 1871 and commenced practice at Bloomfield, Iowa; moved to Hoxie, Sheridan County, Kans., in 1879 and resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives 1881-1885; secretary of the Kansas Board of Railroad Commissioners from April 1, 1883, to August 1, 1886; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; practiced law several years in Washington, D.C.; moved to Seattle, Wash., in 1905 and continued the practice of law; retired from active pursuits in 1916 and moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he died February 10, 1933; interment in Forest Lawn Mausoleum, Glendale, Calif.

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

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