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Cavanaugh, James Michael


Much traveled lawyer and journalist who sat in Congress before the Civil War for Minnesota and for two terms after as the non-voting representative from Montana.  Notorious for being the purported originator of the phrase, "The only good Indian is a dead Indian," during comments at the Capitol in May 1868. (By John Osborne)

Life span: 
07/04/1823 to 10/30/1879


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