John Van McDuffie

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John Van McDuffie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 4th district
In office
June 4, 1890 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by Louis Washington Turpin
Succeeded by Louis Washington Turpin
Personal details
Born John Van McDuffie
(1841-05-16)May 16, 1841
Addison, New York
Died November 18, 1896(1896-11-18) (aged 55)
Hayneville, Alabama
Political party Republican

John Van McDuffie (May 16, 1841 – November 18, 1896) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Born in Addison, New York, McDuffie attended the common schools. He moved with his parents to Bureau County, Illinois, in 1855. He attended Luther College (Iowa). He enlisted in Company B, 2nd Iowa Cavalry, in July 1861 and served through the American Civil War. He settled in Lowndes County, Alabama, and became a planter. He studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hayneville, Alabama.

McDuffie was elected judge of probate in 1868. He was reelected in 1874 and served until 1880. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872 and 1876. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress. He successfully contested the election of Louis W. Turpin to the Fifty-first Congress and served from June 4, 1890, until March 3, 1891. He unsuccessfully contested the election of Louis W. Turpin to the Fifty-second Congress. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and continued as a planter. He died in Hayneville, Alabama, on November 18, 1896. He was interred in Pines Cemetery.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Louis W. Turpin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Louis W. Turpin

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website