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Alexander Clark Mitchell

Politician. Republican. Born: October 11, 1860, Cincinnati, Ohio. Died: July 7, 1911, Lawrence, Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives: March 4, 1911, to July 7, 1911.

The man who holds the record for the shortest term of service of any Kansan in the U.S. House of Representatives (four months), Alexander C. Mitchell, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 11, 1860 and moved to Kansas in 1867 with his parents. The family settled in Douglas County, near Lawrence, and there Mitchell attended the public schools and was graduated from the law department of the University of Kansas in 1889. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Lawrence, later serving as county attorney of Douglas County (1895-1899), and as a member of the Kansas University board of regents (1904-1910), the state board of law examiners (1907-1910), and the state house of representatives (1907-1911). Elected in November 1910 as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress, Madison served from March 4, 1911, until his death in Lawrence on July 7, 1911.

Entry: Mitchell, Alexander Clark

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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