David Grant Colson
David Grant Colson (April 1, 1861 – September 27, 1904) was an American politician from the State of Kentucky who served as a U.S. Representative from Kentucky's 11th congressional district. He previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives and as the mayor of Middlesboro.
David Grant Colson
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kentucky's 11th district
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899
|Preceded by||Silas Adams|
|Succeeded by||Vincent Boreing|
|Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives|
|Born||April 1, 1861|
|Died||September 27, 1904 (aged 43)|
|Resting place||Colson Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Kentucky|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
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Colson was in Yellow Creek (now Middlesboro, Kentucky), Knox (now Bell) County, Kentucky. He was the seventh of eleven children. Colson attended the common schools and the academies at Tazewell and Mossy Creek, Tennessee.
Colson served as member of the State house of representatives in 1887 and 1888, representing Bell, Harlan, Perry, and Leslie Counties and again in 1902. He was the Republican nominee for State Treasurer in 1889. He served as mayor of Middlesboro 1893-1895.
Colson was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Fifty-fifth Congress). While in Congress, Colson was known as a supporter of the McKinley administration, but often voted with Democrats on regional issues.
While a member of Congress, Colson was a member of the "Free Cuba" group. In 1898, Colson left his position in Congress to join as a colonel of the Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish–American War. After his commission, he did not run for reelection.
In 1899, Colson was shot in the arm by fellow officer, Lieutenant Ethelbert Dudley Scott, whom Colson previously brought court-martial charges upon. On January 16, 1900, Colson got in a pistol fight with Scott in Frankfort, Kentucky, killing three men, Scott, Charles Julian, and Luther Demaree. Colson was acquitted of the charges that April.
- Stephens, Thomas E. (2000). "Congressman David Grant Colson and the Tragedy of the Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry" (PDF).
- "COLSON, David Grant, (1861-1904)".
- United States Congress. "David Grant Colson (id: C000649)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 11th congressional district
1895 – 1899 (obsolete district)