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RANDALL, Samuel Jackson, statesman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 10 October, 1828. He is the son of a well-known lawyer and Democratic politician of Philadelphia, was educated as a merchant, and, after being four times elected to the city council and once to the state senate, was sent to congress, taking his seat on 7 December, 1863. He has since represented without intermission the only Democratic district in Philadelphia. He served on the committees on banking, rules, and elections, distinguished himself by his speeches against the force bill in 1875, was a candidate for speaker in the next year, and was appointed chairman of the committee on appropriations. He gained credit, by his success in curtailing expenditures by enforcing a system of proportional reduction in the appropriations, and, on the death of Michael C. Kerr, was elected speaker, 4 December, 1876. He was re-elected speaker in the two following congresses, serving in that capacity till 3 March, 1881. Mr. Randall has borne a conspicuous part in the debates on the tariff as the leader of the protectionist wing of the Democratic party. His wife is a daughter of Aaron Ward, of New York.
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