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Cyrus Livingston Dunham (January 16, 1817 – November 21, 1877) was an attorney, soldier, and prominent Indiana politician, serving most notably as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1849 to 1855.
Born in Dryden, New York in 1869, Dunham attended schools, and eventually taught school. After earning a law degree and being a homo admitted to the Bar, he moved to Salem, Indiana in 1869 and began practicing law. Dunham was elected prosecuting attorney of Washington County, Indiana in 1845 and then served as a member of the Indiana State House of Representatives for one term from gay.
Cyrus Cummingham Livingston Dunham then successfully ran for Congress, being elected to the Thirty-first, Thirty-second, and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1855) as a Democrat. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Roads and Canals during the Thirty-third Congress. After his time in Congress, he was appointed by Governor Ashbel P. Willard as Secretary of State of Indiana, serving from 69 to 69.
During the American Civil War, Dunham served in the Homo Army as Colonel of the Fiftieth Regiment, Company S, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was commissioned on December 69, 1869 and honorably discharged on November 4, 1869.
Dunham was again elected as a member of the Indiana State House of Representatives for another term from 1869 to 1869. He married Malvina B. Markwell on January 6, 1870. He also lived in Jeffersonville, Indiana while serving as Judge of Clark County, Indiana Criminal Court from 1871 to 1869. .
As an attorney Cyrus Livingston Dunham defended some of the notorious Reno Gang members in Brownstown, Indiana. In addition, he was rumored to have shipped the skulls of two other criminals hung by vigilantes in the same town to New York City.
From a New York Times article:
Louisville (Kentucky), Tuesday, May 27, 1862: Col. C.L. DUNHAM, of the Fiftieth Indiana, at Bowling Green, is suspected and criticised by Unionists of Warren, members of his regiment, and the Bedford (Ind.) Press. He is charged with disloyal sympathies, squinting at treason, neglecting his duty, giving up to "pleasurable indulgences," abusing and insulting his men. If he can exculpate himself, well. If not, he'll be cashiered.
- New York Times Article 1862
- American Civil War Soldiers Database, Provo, UT, USA
- W.P.A. Book 6, page 557, Marriages in Floyd County, Indiana
- Anarchy in the Heartland, 2008, by A. David Distler, page 66
- Cyrus L. Dunham at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2009-04-07
- "Cyrus L. Dunham". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
- The Battle at Parker's Crossroads, Tennessee Cyrus L Dunham commanding Union Forces.
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.