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KELLY, James Kerr, senator, born in Centre county, Pennsylvania, 16 February, 1819. He was graduated at Princeton in 1839, studied law, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1842. He went to California in 1849, and in 1851 to Oregon, where in 1852 he was selected by the assembly one of a commission of three to prepare a code of laws for the territory. He was a member of the legislative council in 1853-'7, and in the latter year was a member of the convention that framed the constitution of Oregon. He had been chosen lieutenant-colonel of the 1st regiment of Oregon mounted volunteers in 1855, and in 1855-'6 served in the war against the Yakima Indians. He declined the office of United States district attorney in 1860, and from that year till 1864 sat in the state senate. In 1871-'7 he was a member of the United States senate, having been chosen as a Democrat, and served on the committees on post offices, , nines and mining, and military affairs.
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