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John Russell TYSON

(1856-1923)

TYSON, John Russell, a Representative from Alabama; born in Lowndes County, Ala., November 28, 1856; attended the public schools; was graduated from Howard College, Marion, Ala., in 1877 and from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1879; studied law; was admitted to the Alabama bar in 1879 and commenced the practice of law in Hayneville, Ala.; member of the Alabama State house of representatives in 1880; moved to Montgomery, Ala., in 1884 and resumed the practice of law; elected a member of the city council in May 1889 and its president in May 1891, resigning in October 1892, having been appointed to the circuit court; served as judge of the circuit court 1892-1898; associate justice of the supreme court of Alabama 1898-1906, and served as chief justice from November 1906 to February 28, 1909, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law in Montgomery, Ala.; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and Sixty-eighth Congresses, and served from March 4, 1921, until his death in Rochester, Minn., on March 27, 1923; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala.

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

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