Samuel W. Moulton
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Samuel Moulton was born in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts, the son of William Moulton (1775–1859) and Mary Lunt Moulton (1776–1850). The Moulton family was one of old Massachusetts stock, with Samuel's family lineage in the Americas going back to his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, James Moulton, who likely arrived in Essex County from Norfolk, England in the early 1630s.
Moulton attended public schools in Essex County. After completing his primary and secondary education, he moved to Kentucky, where he taught school for several years, and then to Mississippi where he continued to teach. While teaching in Mississippi, Samuel met Mary H. Afflick, and they married in 1844.
The newly married Moultons moved to Illinois in 1845 and settled in Oakland, Coles County where he commenced the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1847 and started a practice in Sullivan, Illinois. He moved to Shelbyville, Illinois in 1849 and continued the practice of law.
Moulton served as member of the Illinois House of Representatives (1852–1859), as presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1856, and President of the Illinois State Board of Education (1859–1876).
He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress, and was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1865 – March 4, 1867). He was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881 – March 4, 1885) and served as chairman of the Committee on Mileage (Forty-eighth Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1884.
Moulton then resumed the practice of law in Shelbyville. He was affiliated with the Republican Party after 1896.
He died in Shelbyville, Illinois at the age of 84 and was interred in Glenwood Cemetery.
Moulton Hall at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois is named after Moulton. In Shelbyville, Illinois, the middle school, Moulton United Methodist Church and Moulton Drive are all named in his honor.
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James C. Allen
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from Illinois's at-large congressional district
March 4, 1865 – March 4, 1867
John A. Logan
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