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John Frank WILSON

(1846-1911)

WILSON, John Frank, a Delegate from the Territory of Arizona; born near Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn., May 7, 1846; moved with his parents to Alabama; attended the common schools and Rhuhama (Ala.) College; served in the Confederate Army as a member of Company B, First Battalion, Volunteer Infantry, and later on staff duty under General Hindman until 1863, after which he served as lieutenant colonel of a regiment; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Fayetteville, Ark.; member of the State house of representatives in 1877 and 1878; prosecuting attorney for the fourth judicial district in 1885 and 1886; moved to the Territory of Arizona; settled in Prescott in 1887 and continued the practice of law; member of the constitutional convention in 1891; probate judge of Yavapai County 1893-1895; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896; appointed attorney general of the Territory of Arizona by Governor Franklin and served during 1896 and 1897; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1901); elected to the Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1905); was not a candidate for renomination in 1900 and 1904; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Prescott, Ariz., April 7, 1911; interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

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

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