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Title John Lawlor Jolley
-Span Dates 1865-1932
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1885-1891
Quantity .5 linear ft.
Printed Material Printed Materials are located in Box 1.
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

 John Lawlor Jolley was born to James and Frances Jolley in Montreal, Canada on July 14, 1840.  In 1857, he moved Portage, Wisconsin to study law and he was later admitted into the Wisconsin State Bar in October of 1861.

In 1862, Jolley enlisted with Company C, Twenty-third Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.  Jolley would eventually rise to the rank of second lieutenant.  He was honorably discharged from service on July 4, 1865. 

In 1866, he moved to Vermillion, Dakota Territory and set up his law practice.  He became the first mayor of Vermillion in 1877 and he served as mayor again in 1885.  Jolley was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives 1867 and 1868, and after South Dakota declared statehood in 1889, he served in the State Senate from 1889-1890.  In 1891, he was elected to the U.S. Congress to fill the seat left vacant by the death of John Rankin Gamble.  Jolley served in Congress until 1893, when he returned home to resume his law practice.  John L. Jolley died on Dec. 14, 1926 and was buried at Bluff View Cemetery in Vermillion.

Jolley was married to Harriet J. Grange on April 20, 1874 and together they had three children: Frances, Charles, and Mary. 

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