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Olin WELLBORN

(1843-1921)

WELLBORN, Olin, a Representative from Texas; born in Cumming, Forsyth County, Ga., June 18, 1843; attended the common schools, Emory College, Oxford, Ga., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of captain in Company B, Fourth Georgia Cavalry; at the close of the war settled in Atlanta, Ga.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced the practice of law in Atlanta; moved to Dallas, Tex., in 1871 and continued the practice of his profession; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1887 and continued the practice of his profession for six years; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1893; appointed by President Cleveland as United States judge of the southern district of California in 1895, which office he held until January 20, 1915, when he retired; died in Los Angeles, Calif., December 6, 1921; interment in Rosedale Cemetery.

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

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