Alston G. Dayton

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Alston G. Dayton
Alston Gordon Dayton.jpg
Dayton c. 1905
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
In office
March 14, 1905 – July 30, 1920
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byJohn Jay Jackson Jr.
Succeeded byWilliam Eli Baker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 16, 1905
Preceded byWilliam Lyne Wilson
Succeeded byThomas Beall Davis
Personal details
Born
Alston Gordon Dayton

(1857-10-18)October 18, 1857
Philippi, Virginia
DiedJuly 30, 1920(1920-07-30) (aged 62)
Battle Creek, Michigan
Resting placeFraternity Cemetery
Philippi, West Virginia
Political partyRepublican
EducationWest Virginia University
(A.B., M.A.)
read law

Alston Gordon Dayton (October 18, 1857 – July 30, 1920) was a United States Representative from West Virginia and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Education and career[edit]

Born on October 18, 1857, in Philippi, Virginia (now West Virginia),[1] Dayton attended the public schools, read law and received a Artium Baccalaureus degree from West Virginia University in 1878, then received a Master of Arts degree in 1880 from the same institution.[1] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Philippi from 1878 to 1879,[1] with his father Spencer Dayton.[2] He was prosecutor for Upshur County, West Virginia from 1879 to 1884.[1] He was prosecutor for Barbour County, West Virginia from 1884 to 1888.[1] He resumed private practice in West Virginia from 1886 to 1895.[1]

Congressional service[edit]

Dayton was elected as a Republican from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 54th United States Congress and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1895, until his resignation March 16, 1905, to accept a federal judicial position.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Dayton was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt on March 7, 1905, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia vacated by Judge John Jay Jackson Jr..[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 14, 1905, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on July 30, 1920, due to his death in Battle Creek, Michigan.[1] He was interred in Fraternity Cemetery in Philippi.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Alston Gordon Dayton at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "The History of West Virginia, Old and New". The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York. 1923. pp. v 3, pg. 403–404. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  3. ^ a b United States Congress. "Alston G. Dayton (id: D000163)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Sources[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Lyne Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1895–1905
Succeeded by
Thomas Beall Davis
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Jay Jackson Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
1905–1920
Succeeded by
William Eli Baker