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John Smith YOUNG

(1834-1916)

YOUNG, John Smith, a Representative from Louisiana; born near Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., November 4, 1834; moved with his father to Fayette County, Tenn., in 1836, and to Columbia County, Ark., in 1848; was graduated from Centenary College, Jackson, La., in 1855; moved to Homer, Claiborne Parish, La., in September 1855; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1860 and practiced in Homer; enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private May 3, 1861, and was successively promoted until he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel; returned to Homer at the close of the war and resumed the practice of law; judge of Claiborne Parish Court 1870-1872; member of the State house of representatives 1872-1876; judge of the eleventh judicial district of Louisiana 1876-1878; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John E. Leonard and served from November 5, 1878, to March 3, 1879; was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; resumed the practice of law in Homer, La.; moved to Monroe, La., and later to Shreveport in 1880, where he continued the practice of his profession; sheriff of Caddo Parish 1892-1900; died in Shreveport, La., October 11, 1916; interment in Oakland Cemetery.

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

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