WELLBORN, Olin

1843–1921

Biography

WELLBORN, Olin, a Representative from Texas; born in Cumming, Forsyth County, Ga., June 18, 1843; attended the common schools, Emory College, Oxford, Ga., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of captain in Company B, Fourth Georgia Cavalry; at the close of the war settled in Atlanta, Ga.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced the practice of law in Atlanta; moved to Dallas, Tex., in 1871 and continued the practice of his profession; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1887 and continued the practice of his profession for six years; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1893; appointed by President Cleveland as United States judge of the southern district of California in 1895, which office he held until January 20, 1915, when he retired; died in Los Angeles, Calif., December 6, 1921; interment in Rosedale Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Huntington Library
Western Historical Manuscripts

San Marino, CA
Papers: 1879, 1 page. A letter from Olin Wellborn to Captain John W. Swindells in Austin, Texas written on March 20, 1879. In the letter, Wellborn writes that he would like to recommend John W. Swindells for the clerkship of the New Court, but he had already "signed the petition of another gentleman" for the post.
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