David Grant Colson
|David Grant Colson|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 11th district
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899
|Preceded by||Silas Adams|
|Succeeded by||Vincent Boreing|
April 1, 1861|
|Died||September 27, 1904
|Resting place||Colson Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Kentucky|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
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Born in Yellow Creek (now Middlesboro, Kentucky), Knox (now Bell) County, Kentucky, Colson attended the common schools and the academies at Tazewell and Mossy Creek, Tennessee. He studied law at the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1879 and 1880. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Pineville. Examiner and special examiner in the Pension Bureau of the United States Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., from September 1882 to June 1886. He returned to Kentucky in 1887. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1887 and 1888. He served as mayor of Middlesboro 1893-1895.
Colson was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1899). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Fifty-fifth Congress).
He served as colonel of a Kentucky regiment during the Spanish-American War. In a feud with a fellow officer after mustering out after the war, he killed three men in a pistol fight in Frankfort, Kentucky on January 16, 1900.
He died in Middlesboro, Kentucky, September 27, 1904. He was interred in Colson Cemetery.
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