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HUBBELL, Jay Abel, lawyer, born in Avon, Michigan, 15 September, 1829. He was graduated at the University of Michigan in 1853, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1855, when he removed to Ontonagon, Michigan He was elected district attorney of the upper peninsular in 1857, and again in 1859. He removed to Houghton, Michigan, in 1860, and was elected prosecuting attorney of Houghton county in 1861, 1863, and 1865. He practised law till 1870. He was elected to congress as a Republican, and re-elected four times, serving from 1873 till 1883, and being a member of the committees on banking and currency, and on commerce, appropriations, and ways and means. He declined a renomination, but served in the Michigan senate in 1885 and 1887. He has been largely identified with mineral interests in northern Michigan, and was active in establishing the Michigan mining school, a state institution, in Houghton.
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