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DUNNELL, Mark Hill, congressman, born in Buxton, Maine, 2 July 1823. He was graduated at Waterville College (now Colby University) in 1849, and for five years was the principal of Norway and Hebron academies. He was a member of the lower house of the Maine legislature in 1854, and in 1855 of the state senate, and from that time till 1859 was state superintendent of common schools. In 1856 he was a delegate to the National Republican convention at Philadelphia. He began the practice of the law at Portland in 1860, served in the Union army, as colonel of the 5th Maine infantry, and in 1862 was U. S. consul at Vera Cruz, Mexico. He removed to Minnesota in 1865, was a" member of the legislature there in 1867, and in 1867'70 was state superintendent of public instruction. He was then chosen to congress as a Republican, and served four terms in succession, in 1871'9.
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