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HOLMES, John, senator, born in Kingston, Massachusetts, in March, 1773; died in Portland, Maine, 7 July, 1848. He was graduated at Brown in 1796, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1799, and settled in Alfred, Maine He practised with success, was a member of the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1802-'3, and took an active part in the debates. He was a member of the state senate from 1813 till 1817, when he was chosen to congress as a Democrat from Massachusetts, and served until the admission of Maine as a state. He was a member of the convention to form a state constitution, and chairman of the committee that drafted it, and was elected a senator in congress from Maine in 1820, and re-elected for a full term the following year. He was appointed by the legislature a commissioner to devise and report a system of government for the state prison and to revise the criminal code of the state. On the resignation of Albion K. Parris in 1827, he was again elected to the United States senate, serving till 1833. In 1835-'8 he was a member of the state house of representatives. In 1841 he was appointed United States attorney for the district of Maine. He published "The Statesman, or Principles of Legislation and Law" (Augusta, 1840).
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