TARSNEY, John Charles, (1845 - 1920)


An Illustrated Congressional Manual. The United States Red Book, 1896, (detail), Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

TARSNEY, John Charles, a Representative from Missouri; born in Medina, Lenawee County, Mich., November 7, 1845; attended the common schools; during the Civil War enlisted in the Fourth Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, in August 1862; mustered out of the service in June 1865; attended high school in Hudson, Mich.; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1869; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Hudson, Mich.; moved to Kansas City, Mo., in 1872; city attorney of Kansas City in 1874 and 1875; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Labor (Fifty-second Congress); presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1895, to February 27, 1896, when he was succeeded by Robert T. Van Horn, who contested his election; appointed by President Cleveland associate justice of the supreme court of Oklahoma Territory in 1896 and served until 1899; returned to Kansas City, Mo., in 1899 and resumed the practice of law; died in Kansas City, Mo., September 4, 1920; interment in Mount St. Mary's Cemetery.