James F. Wilson
(19 October, 1828 -- 22 April, 1895) Wilson was an American lawyer and politician.
Born in Newark, Licking County, Ohio, Wilson studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1851, practicing in Newark, Ohio. Wilson moved to Jefferson County, Iowa, in 1853, and was a member of the constitutional convention in 1857. Wilson was a member of the State house of representatives in 1857 and 1859. Additionally he was a member of the State senate from 1859 to 1861. Wilson was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel R. Curtis; he was reelected to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses and served from October 8, 1861 to March 3, 1869. Later, Wilson was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1882; he was reelected in 1888 and served from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1895.
[Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]
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