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McCLURG, Joseph Washington, legislator, born in St. Louis county, Missouri, 22 February, 1818. He was educated at Oxford college, Ohio, and taught in Louisiana and Mississippi in 1835-'6. He then went to Texas, where he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and made clerk of the circuit court in 1840. In 1844 he returned to Missouri and engaged in mercantile pursuits. In 1861 he suffered from Confederate depredations on his property, became colonel of the Osage regiment, and subsequently of a regiment of National cavalry. He was a member of the state conventions of Missouri in ***1861-'2-'3, and was elected and re-elected to congress while residing in Linn Creek. Camden County, first as an Emancipation and afterward as a Republican candidate, serving from 7 December, 1863, till 1868, when he resigned. In the latter year he was elected governor and served the full term.
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