KILGORE, Constantine Buckley, (1835 - 1897)


"Members of the House of Representatives on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington" (detail), engraving after Valerian Gribayedoff, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1894, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

KILGORE, Constantine Buckley, a Representative from Texas; born in Newnan, Coweta County, Ga., February 20, 1835; moved with his parents to Rusk County, Tex., in 1846; received a common-school and academic training; studied law; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army as a private and by 1862 had attained the rank of adjutant general of Ector’s brigade, Army of the Tennessee; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Rusk County, Tex.; elected justice of the peace in 1869; member of the State constitutional convention in 1875; elected to the State senate in 1884 for a term of four years; was chosen president of that body in 1885 for two years; resigned from the State senate in 1886, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1895); appointed by President Cleveland United States judge for the southern district of Indian Territory March 20, 1895, and served until his death in Ardmore, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), September 23, 1897; interment in White Rose Cemetery, Wills Point, Tex.