Delegate Edward Dexter HOLBROOK

YEARS 1836-1870
OFFICE Delegate
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 39th (1865-1867), 40th (1867-1869)

Delegate Edward Dexter HOLBROOK Biography

HOLBROOK, Edward Dexter, a Delegate from Idaho; born in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, May 6, 1836; attended the common schools and Oberlin (Ohio) College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Elyria; Ohio, Weaverville, Calif., and Placerville, Idaho; lawyer, private practice; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-ninth and succeeding Congress (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869); censured by the U.S. House of Representatives on February 4, 1869, for use of unparliamentary language; was not a candidate for reelection to the Forty-first Congress in 1868; shot by Charles H. Douglas in Idaho City, Idaho, on June 17, 1870, and died from his wounds in that city the next day; interment in the Masonic Burial Ground. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Idaho State Historical Society Boise, ID Papers: 1868, 1 item. A letter from Edward Dexter Holbrook to David S. Johnson describing the Idaho Territory. Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library New Haven, CT Papers: 1869, 2 pages. A letter from Edward Dexter Holbrook to Friend Moulton written on August 13, 1869. In the letter, Edward Holbrook describes mining affairs in Idaho. Also included is a newpaper clipping mounted on the second page giving an account of Edward Holbrook’s death. University of Idaho Libraries Special Collections and Archives Moscow, Idaho Papers: 1866, 1 item. A letter from Edward Dexter Holbrook containing an autobiographical sketch. Papers: In the John Rogers McBride Papers, n.d., 2 volumes. Includes a biographical sketch of Edward Dexter Holbrook.


Edward Dexter HOLBROOK Committee Assignments

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