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Stephen Wallace Dorsey

Born: Feb 28, 1842

Death: Mar 20, 1916

Birthplace: Benson

Nationality: United States

Stephen Wallace Dorsey

Date of Birth : Feb 28, 1842
Date of Death : Mar 20, 1916
Birth Place : Benson

Stephen Wallace Dorsey was a Senator from Arkansas. He was born in Benson, Rutland County, Vermont, February 28, 1842 and moved to Ohio and settled in Oberlin. He attended the public schools. During the Civil War served in the Union Army. After the war he returned to Ohio and settled in Sandusky where he was employed by the Sandusky Tool Co. and subsequently became its president. He was elected president of the Arkansas Railway Co. and moved to Arkansas and settled in Helena. He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1873, to March 3, 1879. He did not run for reelection. He was a chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia. In 1876, he was made a member of the Republican National Committee. In 1880, when the Republicans nominated James G. Garfield for president and Chester A. Arthur for vice president, Dorsey became the Secretary of the Republican National Committee. His reputation was tarnished, though, by a scandal involving the United States Postal Service, in which Dorsey and his partners were accused of defrauding the government out of $412,000. Dorsey was defended by noted criminal law attorney Robert G. Ingersoll.

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