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DAWSON, John Littleton, lawyer, born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 7 February 1813; died there, 18 September 1870. He was educated at Washington College, studied law, and was admitted to the bar; practicing first in Brownsville, Pennsylvania In 1845 he was appointed U. S. district attorney for the western district of Pennsylvania. He was a member of congress from 1851 till 1855, and was elected again in 1867. He was the author of the Homestead bill of 1854. In 1855 he was appointed governor of Kansas, but declined the office. He was a delegate to the Democratic national conventions of 1844, 1848, 1860, and 1868.
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