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Theodore Stark WILKINSON


WILKINSON, Theodore Stark, a Representative from Louisiana; born on Point Celeste plantation in Plaquemines Parish, near New Orleans, La., December 18, 1847; educated by private tutors and attended the common schools; was graduated from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1870; engaged in sugar planting in 1870; member of the school board of Plaquemines Parish; member and president of the board of levee commissioners for the third levee district; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1890; chairman of the Louisiana antilottery convention in 1892; collector of the port of New Orleans 1893-1898; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1898; again engaged in sugar planting; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912; died in New Orleans, La., on February 1, 1921; interment in Metairie Cemetery.

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