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RUGGLES, John, senator, born in Westborough, Massachusetts, in 1790; died in Thomaston, Maine, 20 June, 1874. He was graduated at Brown in 1813, studied law, and began to practise in Skowhegan, Maine, but removed to Thomaston in 1818. He served in the lower house of the legislature in 1823-'31, as its speaker in 1825-'9 and 1831, and resigned in the last-named year to become judge of the district court of the state, in place of Samuel E. Smith, who had been chosen governor. He was then chosen United States senator as a Democrat in place of Peleg Sprague, who had resigned, and served from 6 February, 1835, till 3 March, 1841. He afterward returned to the practice of law.
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