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LUCAS, Daniel Bedinger, lawyer, born in Charlestown, Virginia (now W. Va.), 16 March, 1836. His father, William, was a member of congress from Virginia in 1839-'41 and 1843-'5, and his uncle, Edward, in 1833-'7. When the son was an infant his negro nurse let him fall from her arms, causing a permanent spinal injury. He was graduated at the University of Virginia in 1855, and in law at Washington college, Virginia, in 1858, and began to practise in Charlestown, Virginia, but in 1860 removed to Richmond. He served on the staff of General Henry A. Wise in the Kanawha valley in the civil war, and in 1867 resumed the practice of his profession in Charlestown, West Virginia, where he has since resided. He was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1872, 1876, and 1884, chosen to the legislature in 1884-'6, and in 1887 was appointed to the United States senate by the governor. The legislature subsequently elected Charles J. Faulkner, and the senate gave the seat to the latter. Mr. Lucas received the degree of LL. D. from the University of West Virginia in 1833. He has obtained a reputation as a public speaker. He has published "Memoir of John Yates Bell" (Montreal, 1865) ; "The Wreath of Eglantine and Other Poems," including several by his sister (Baltimore, 1869) ; "The Maid of Northumberland" (New York, 1879); and "Ballads and Madrigals" (1884). His poem "The Land where we were Dreaming," written in 1865, attracted much attention at the south.
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