Adoniram Judson Holmes, US Congress

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Adoniram Judson Holmes

Birthplace: OH, United States
Death: 1902 (60)
Iowa, United States
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About Adoniram Judson Holmes, US Congress

Adoniram Judson Holmes, one of two men named Adoniram who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Holmes was an Ohioan by birth, being born in the town of Wooster on March 21, 1842. When he was 11 years old he and his family resettled in Palmyra, Wisconsin where he attended school. During the early 1860s he began studying at Milton University but left after a few months to serve his country on the battlefield. Holmes eventually joined Wisconsin's 24th Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1862 and served with this outfit until the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865.
 At the conclusion of his military service, Holmes returned to Milton College and completed his earlier studies. He later went on to study at the University of Michigan Law School, graduating from here in the late 1860s. In 1868 Holmes relocated to Boone, Iowa and here opened a law practice with another young lawyer named L.W. Reynolds. This firm enjoyed some success and is listed by the Annual Proceedings of the Iowa Bar as "one of the strong firms of Central Iowa".
 Holmes began testing the political waters in 1880 when he was elected as the Mayor of Boone, Iowa. In the following year he was elected to the Iowa State House of Representatives for the 1882-83 term. Holmes was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Boone County in 1883 and served a total of three terms, the last of which concluded in 1889. During his last term in the House, Holmes is listed as a member of the Committee on Enrolled Bills and the Committee on Pacific Railroads.
  Holmes was unsuccessful in his bid for a fourth term in Congress during the 1888 election,
losing the nomination to Jonathan Prentiss Dolliver (1858-1910.) After leaving Congress, Holmes was appointed as Sargent-At-Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1890 and served throughout the session of the 51st Congress. After leaving this post in 1892 he returned to his native city of Boone, where in 1896 he was named as County Attorney.
 Adoniram J. Holmes died at age 59 on January 21, 1902 and was buried in the Linwood Cemetery in Boone, Iowa. Holmes was memorialized by the Iowa General Assembly as "a brave soldier, a useful and public spirited citizen, a man of honor and a gentlemen in every respect."

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OH, United States
Age 60
Iowa, United States