FELLOWS, John R., (1832 - 1896)


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FELLOWS, John R., a Representative from New York; born in Troy, N.Y., July 29, 1832; moved to Saratoga County, N.Y., with his parents, who settled near Mechanicville; attended the country schools; moved to Camden, Ark., in 1850; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Camden; presidential elector on the Constitutional-Union ticket of Bell and Everett in 1860; delegate to the State secession convention in 1861; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1868; entered the Confederate Army in the First Arkansas Regiment; after the Battle of Shiloh was assigned to staff duties as assistant adjutant and inspector general at Vicksburg; captured at the surrender of Port Hudson, La., July 9, 1863, and released June 10, 1865; returned to Camden, Ark., and resumed the practice of law; member of the State senate in 1866 and 1867; moved to New York City in 1868 and continued the practice of law; assistant district attorney 1869-1872 and 1885-1887; elected district attorney and served from 1888 to 1890; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1891, until his resignation, effective December 31, 1893; district attorney of New York City from January 1, 1894, until his death in New York City December 7, 1896; interment in Trinity Church Cemetery.