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Robert Patterson Clark WILSON

(1834-1916)

WILSON, Robert Patterson Clark, a Representative from Missouri; born in Boonville, Cooper County, Mo., August 8, 1834; moved with his parents to Platte County; attended William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo., and was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1853; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Seguin, Tex., in 1855; returned to Missouri in 1858; moved to Leavenworth, Kans., in 1860; was a member of the first State house of representatives of Kansas from March to June 4, 1861; returned to Missouri in 1861; member of the State house of representatives of Missouri in 1871 and 1872 and served as speaker both years; member of the State senate in 1879 and 1880; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888; president of the school board of Platte City, Mo.; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James N. Burnes; reelected to the Fifty-second Congress and served from December 2, 1889, to March 3, 1893; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Fifty-second Congress); resumed the practice of his profession in Platte City, Platte County, Mo.; died in Kansas City, Mo., December 21, 1916; interment in Marshall Cemetery, Platte City, Mo.

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

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