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DINGLEY, Nelson, Jr., journalist, born in Durham, Maine, 15 February 1832. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1855, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1856, but never practiced. He became proprietor and editor of the Lewiston, Maine, "Journal," holding this post for more than twenty years. Between 1862 and 1873 he was six times elected to the Maine legislature, serving as speaker in 1863 and 1864, and was governor of the state in 1874 and 1875. He has always been a pronounced advocate of temperance. He was elected to congress as a Republican, 12 September 1881, to fill the vacancy caused by the election of William P. Frye to the U. S. Senate, and reelected in 1882, 1884, and 1886. He has served on the committees on banking and currency and shipping traffic. He has received the degree of LB. D. from Bates College.
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