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James M. Cavanaugh

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James Michael Cavanaugh July 4, 1823 – October 30, 1879 was a US Representative from Minnesota and a delegate from the Territory of Montana He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, July 4, 1823 and received an academic education He engaged in newspaper work, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1854 and began practice in Davenport, Iowa He then moved to Chatfield, Fillmore County, Minnesota, in 1854 and continued the practice of law; upon the admission of Minnesota as a State into the Union, in 1858, was elected as a Democrat to the thirty-fifth congress and served from May 11, 1858, to March 4, 1859; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the thirty-sixth congress; moved to Colorado in 1861 and resumed the practice of law; also engaged in mining; member of the State constitutional convention in 1865; moved to Montana in 1866; as a Democrat, he was elected a delegate to the fortieth and forty-first congresses March 4, 1867 – March 4, 1871; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1870; engaged in the practice of law in New York City; returned to Colorado in 1879 and settled in Leadville, where he died October 30, 1879; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, New York City

On May 28, 1868, Cavanaugh stated within the House of Representatives - "I like an Indian better dead than living I have never in my life seen a good Indian - and I have seen thousands - except when I have seen a dead Indian" Similar statements were also ascribed to civil and Indian war general Philip Sheridan, although he always denied making them 1

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  1. ^ The Congressional Globe: Containing the Debates and Proceedings of the Second Session, Fortieth Congress City of Washington: Office of the Congressional Globe, 1868, p 2638
  • United States Congress "James M Cavanaugh id: C000260" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
US Representative from Minnesota's 1st congressional district
1858 – 1859
Succeeded by
William Windom
Preceded by
Samuel McLean
Delegate to the US House of Representatives
from Montana Territory

March 4, 1867 - March 3, 1871
Succeeded by
William H Clagett


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