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MITCHELL, John Hipple, senator, born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, 22 June, 1835. He was educated at: Witherspoon institute, subsequently studied law, and soon after his admission to the bar went to California and followed his profession, first in San Luis Obispo and then in San Francisco. In 1860 he removed to Portland, Oregon, where in 1861 he was elected corporation attorney. He was elected to the state senate in 1869 and served for four years, becoming its presiding officer in 1864. In 1873 he was elected as a Republican to the United States senate, serving from 4 March, 1873, to 3 March, 1879, and he was afterward elected again for six years, taking his seat on 17 December, 1885. Senator Mitchell has held the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the Oregon militia, and in 1867-'71 was professor of medical jurisprudence in Willamette university, Salem, Oregon. His law practice has included lucrative connections with western railroads, gaining for him a large fortune.
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