Adin Ballou CAPRON, Congress, RI (1841-1911)


CAPRON, Adin Ballou, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Mendon, Worcester County, Mass., January 9, 1841; attended the Woonsocket High School and Westbrook Seminary, near Portland, Maine; settled in Stillwater, Providence County, R.I., and engaged in milling and dealing in grain; enlisted as a sergeant in the Second Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, in May 1861; promoted to the rank of sergeant major July 11, 1861; commissioned lieutenant in September 1861; 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; member of the State house of representatives 1887-1892 and served as speaker in 1891 and 1892; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1911); was not a candidate for renomination in 1910; resumed his former business activities in Stillwater, Providence County, R.I., where he died March 17, 1911; interment in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present