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Adin Ballou Capron (January 9, 1841 – March 17, 1911) was an American miller and politician from the U.S. state of Rhode Island. He served in the American Civil War and was a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Adin B. Capron
Adin B. Capron.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byWarren O. Arnold
Succeeded byGeorge H. Utter
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
1887–1892
Personal details
Born(1841-01-09)January 9, 1841
Mendon,
Massachusetts
DiedMarch 17, 1911(1911-03-17) (aged 70)
Stillwater,
Providence County,
Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting placeSwan Point Cemetery
Providence, Rhode Island
CitizenshipUS
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Irene Ballou
Phebe Almira Mowry
ChildrenHelen Mowry Capron
John Mowry Capon
Adin Mowry Capon
Almira Mowry Capron
ParentsCarlile Willis Capron
Abigail (Bates) Capron
Alma materWestbrook Seminary
ProfessionMiller
Politician
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
Union
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Union Army
RankUnion army maj rank insignia.jpg Brevet Major
Unit2nd Rhode Island Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

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Early life and military careerEdit

Born in Mendon, Massachusetts,[1] Capron attended Woonsocket High School and Westbrook Seminary, near Portland, Maine.[2] He settled in Stillwater, Rhode Island, and engaged in milling and dealing in grain. He enlisted as a sergeant in the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment of the Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry in May 1861. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major on July 11, 1861, and commissioned lieutenant in September 1861.[3]

He served in the Signal Corps until the close of the Civil War, having been commissioned first lieutenant on March 3, 1863, and subsequently promoted to the rank of captain and major by brevet.[4]

Political careerEdit

From 1887-1892, Capron served as member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and was speaker of the State House in 1891 and 1892.[5] He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress.[6]

Capron was elected as a Republican candidate to the 55th United States Congress and to the six succeeding Congresses, serving in Congress from March 4, 1897, to March 3, 1911.[7] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1910.

After leaving Congress, he resumed his former business activities in Stillwater, where he died March 17, 1911. He was interred in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.[8]

Family lifeEdit

Capron was the son of Carlile Willis Capron and Abigail (Bates) Capron.[9] He married Irene Ballou in August 1868 and she died ten months later.[10][11] Following her death, Capron married Phebe Almira Mowry in April 1874. Capron and Phebe had four children: Helen Mowry Capron, John Mowry Capon, Adin Mowry Capon and Almira Mowry Capron.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mendon (Mass.) (1920). Vital Records of Mendon, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Wright & Potter printing Company. p. 40.
  2. ^ Neale, Walter (1899). Autobiographies and portraits of the President, cabinet, Supreme court, and Fifty-fifth Congress, Volume 1. The Neale company. p. 1.
  3. ^ "The Wright Family Genealogy". Ancestry.com. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William (1909). Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States; Illustrated with Three Thousand Vignette Portraits. American Publishers' Association. p. 552.
  5. ^ United States. Government Printing Office (1918). Congressional serial set. U.S. G.P.O. p. 530.
  6. ^ Neale, Walter (1899). Autobiographies and portraits of the President, cabinet, Supreme court, and Fifty-fifth Congress, Volume 1. The Neale company. p. 1.
  7. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William (1909). Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States; Illustrated with Three Thousand Vignette Portraits. American Publishers' Association. p. 552.
  8. ^ Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 296.
  9. ^ "The Wright Family Genealogy". Ancestry.com. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  10. ^ Ballou, Adin (1888). An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America. Press of E. L. Freeman & son. p. 1088.
  11. ^ Bayles, Richard Mather (1891). History of Providence County, Rhode Island, Volume 2. W. W. Preston. p. 221.
  12. ^ "Adin B. Capron" (PDF). Civil War Signals. Retrieved March 27, 2014.

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