Fred T. Dubois
Fred Thomas Dubois, born in Palestine, Crawford County, Illinois, May 29, 1851; attended the public schools, and was graduated from Yale College in 1872; secretary of the Board of Railway and Warehouse Commissioners of Illinois in 1875 and 1876; moved to Idaho Territory in 1880 and engaged in business; United States marshal of Idaho from August 25, 1882, until September 1, 1886; elected as a Republican Delegate from the Territory of Idaho to the Fiftieth and Fifty‑first congresses and served from March 4, 1887, to July 3, 1890, having assisted in securing the admission of the Territory of Idaho to the Union on that date; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888 and chairman of the first delegation from the new State to the Republican National Convention at Minneapolis in 1892; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1891, to March 3, 1897; unsuccessful Silver Republican candidate for reelection to the United States Senate in 1896; chairman of the Republican delegation from Idaho to the Republican National Convention at St. Louis in 1896; chairman of the Republican National Convention at St. Louis in 1896, but left the convention and the party when the single gold standard was supported; elected as a Silver Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1901, to March 3, 1907; shortly after his election to the Senate as a Republican he became a Democrat and served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1904, 1908, and 1912; after retirement from Congress took up his residence in Washington, D.C., retaining Blackfoot, Idaho, as his legal residence; appointed civilian member of the Board of Ordinance and Fortifications 1918‑1920; appointed by President Coolidge on July 15, 1924, as a Democratic member of the International Joint Commission created to prevent disputes regarding the use of the boundary waters between the United States and Canada, and served until his death in Washington, D.C., February 14, 1930; interment in Grove City Cemetery, Blackfoot, Idaho.
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