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DYER, David Patterson, lawyer, born in Henry County, Virginia, 12 February 1838. He removed to Missouri in 1841, and was educated at the common schools and at St. Charles College, studied law at Bowling Green, and was admitted to the bar in March 1859. He was elected district prosecuting attorney in 1860, and in 1862'5 was a member of the legislature. He recruited and commanded the 49th regiment of Missouri volunteer infantry during a part of the civil war, participated in the campaigns against Mobile in 1865, and in 1866 was chosen secretary of the state senate. He was a delegate to the Chicago national Republican convention in 1868, and in the same year was elected to congress from Missouri, serving on the committees on territories and agriculture, and was U. S. attorney for the eastern district of Missouri in 1875'6.
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