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INGALLS, John James, statesman, born in Middleton, Massachusetts, 29 December, 1833. He was graduated at Williams in 1855, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1857. He removed to Atchison, Kansas, in i858, and practised his profession, was a member of the Wyandotte convention of 1859, secretary of the territorial council in 1860, and of the state senate in 1861, and a member of the latter body in 1862. In the same year he was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant-governor. After his defeat he accepted the editorship of the Atchison "Champion," which he retained for three years. He was again defeated for the lieutenant-governorship in 1864, but; was elected to the United States senate for the term beginning in 1873, and was reelected in 1879 and 1885. He is among the ablest debaters in the senate.
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