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Charles Nelson Pray

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Charles Nelson Pray April 6, 1868 – September 12, 1963 was a US Representative from Montana

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Prosecutorial career
  • 3 Congressional career
  • 4 Judicial career
  • 5 References
  • 6 Sources

Early lifeedit

Born in Potsdam, St Lawrence County, New York, Pray attended the public schools in Salisbury and Middlebury, Vermont and graduated from Middlebury High School He attended Middlebury College from 1886–88 and graduated from the Chicago College of Law today called the Chicago-Kent College of Law1

Prosecutorial careeredit

Pray was admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice at Fort Benton, Montana, in 1896 He served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Chouteau County in 1897 and 1898 Pray was elected prosecuting attorney in 1898 and reelected in 1900, 1902, and 1904

Congressional careeredit

Pray was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-second Congresses March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1913 He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress Pray resumed the practice of law in Great Falls, Montana, January 1, 1914 He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1916

Judicial careeredit

Pray was nominated by President Calvin Coolidge to the United States District Court for the District of Montana on January 21, 1924, to a new seat created by 42 Stat 837 He was confirmed by the Senate on February 8, 1924, and received his commission on February 8, 1924 He was elevated to Chief Judge of the court from 1948 until he assumed senior status in 1957 He died in Great Falls, Montana on September 12, 1963, and was interred in Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Cemetery

Pray's papers 1878–1963, including diaries and correspondence, are lodged at the University of Montana in Missoula

The town of Pray, Montana is named for him2

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Guide to the Charles N Pray Papers at the University of Montana
  2. ^ Whithorn, Doris 2001 Images of America: Paradise Valley on the Yellowstone, p 92 Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-0805-5

Sourcesedit

  • "Charles Nelson Pray" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • Charles Nelson Pray at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center
  •  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguidecongressgov
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph M Dixon
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Montana's at-large congressional district

1907-1913
Succeeded by
John M Evans
Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Montana
1924–1957
Succeeded by
William James Jameson

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