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MILLS, Roger Quarles, congressman, born in Todd county, Kentucky, 30 March, 1832. He received a common-school education, removed to Palestine, Texas, in 1849, and studied law, supporting himself by serving as an assistant in the post-office and in the offices of the court clerks. In 1.850 he was elected engrossing clerk of the Texas house of representatives, and in 1852 he was admitted to the bar, while still a minor, by special act of the legislature. He settled in the practice of his profession at Corsicana, Texas, in 1859 was elected to the legislature. In 1872 he was chosen to congress, from the state at large, as a Democrat, and since that time he has been continuously re-elected. In 1876 he opposed the creation of the electoral commission, and in 1887 canvassed the state of Texas against the adoption of a prohibition amendment go its constitution, which was defeated. In 1888 Mr. Mills introduced into the house of representatives the bill that is known by his name, reducing the duties on imports, and extending the free list. The bill passed the house on 21 July, 1888. During the presidential canvass of that year he spoke in favor of the re-election of Grover Cleveland.
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