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John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne
John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne (April 24, 1809 - May 17, 1884) He was a nephew of William Charles Cole Claiborne and Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne, grandnephew of Thomas Claiborne (1749-1812), great-grandfather of Herbert Claiborne Pell, Jr., great-great-grandfather of Claiborne de Borda Pell, and great-great granduncle of Corinne Claiborne Boggs). He was a Representative from Mississippi; born in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi, April 24, 1809; attended school in Virginia; studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice at Natchez, Mississippi. He was member of the State house of representatives 1830-1834; moved to Madison County, Mississippi; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1837); presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from July 18, 1837, until February 5, 1838, when the seat was declared vacant; engaged in newspaper work in Natchez, Mississippi. Then he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1844 and resumed newspaper interests; appointed United States timber agent for Louisiana and Mississippi in 1853. He is author of several historical works. He returned to his estate, “Dumbarton,” near Natchez, Mississippi, and died there on May 17, 1884. He is interment in Trinity Churchyard, Natchez, Mississippi.
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