Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949

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Elam, Joseph Barton

Elam, Joseph Barton, a Representative from Louisiana; born near Hope, Hempstead County, Ark., June 12, 1821; moved with his father to Natchitoches, La., in 1826; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Alexandria, La.; moved to the parish of De Soto in 1851; member and speaker of the State house of representatives 1851-1861; elected a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1861 and signed the ordinance of secession; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law in Mansfield, De Soto Parish, La., where he died July 4, 1885; interment in Mansfield Cemetery.

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Chicago: U.S. Congress, "Elam, Joseph Barton," Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1123 Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBK5MMM26AXGQ78.

MLA: U.S. Congress. "Elam, Joseph Barton." Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1123, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBK5MMM26AXGQ78.

Harvard: U.S. Congress, 'Elam, Joseph Barton' in Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949. cited in , U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1123. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBK5MMM26AXGQ78.