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Rep. Daniel Kerr


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall (email)
Date: 12/12/2005 at 07:35:59

Daniel Kerr, of Grundy Centre, was born at Highfield Farm, near Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland, June 18, 1836; immigrated with his parents to Madison County, Illinois, in 1841; graduated at McKendree College in 1858; read law with Governor Augustus C. French, and was admitted to the bar in 1862; entered the service as a private August 12, 1862; was promoted to Second Lieutenant Company G, One hundred and seventeeth Illinois Volunteers, in 1863, and to First Lieutenant in 1864; was elected to the Legislature of Illinois in 1868; removed to Iowa in 1870; was elected to the Legislature of Iowa in 1883; was Presidential Elector on the Blaine and Logan ticket in 1884; was elected to the Fiftieth Congress, and was re-elected to the Fifty-first Congress as a Republican, receiving 19,447 votes, against 16,937 votes for J.H. Preston, Democrat, 367 votes for W.H. Calhoun, Labor candidate, 273 votes for E.J. Helmes, prohibitionist, and 2 votes scattering.

-source: Official Congressional Directory, Fifty-First congress, First Session, Third Ed., Corrected to May 10, 1890; Washington: Government Printing Office, 1890; Iowa Representatives Fifth District, page 41

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