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Louis Washington TURPIN

(1849-1903)

TURPIN, Louis Washington, a Representative from Alabama; born in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., February 22, 1849; his parents having died he moved to Alabama with his sister and settled in Perry County in 1858; self-educated; engaged in agricultural pursuits; tax assessor of Hale County 1873-1880; chairman of the Democratic committee of Hale County for six years; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Forty-eighth Congress; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, to June 4, 1890, when he was succeeded by John V. McDuffie, who contested his election; elected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for renomination; retired from politics and engaged in planting; died in Greensboro, Ala., February 3, 1903; interment in the City Cemetery.

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

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