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Courtland Cushing Matson

Courtland Cushing Matson, American congressman. member 47th to 50th Congresses (1881-1889); member State Board of Tax Commissioners of Indiana, 1909-1913.

Background

  • Matson, Courtland Cushing was born on April 25, 1841 in Brookville, Indiana, United States. Son of John Allen and Margaretta Melvina (Woelpper) Matson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Asbury (now DePauw) U., 1862 (enlisted in Union Army, April 14, 1861. At close of junior year, and in 1870 by vote of trustees was graduated as of class of 1862).

    Career

    • Private to Lieutenant Company K, 16th Indiana Vols., April 1861-June 1862. Appointed post adjunct Camp Dick Thompson, Terre Haute, Indiana, and helped to organize 3 regts. Appointed lieutenant colonel 71st Indiana Vols.

      (later 6th Indiana Cavalry), December 1862, after all the field officers of the regiment had been killed at battle of Richmond, Kentucky, and served in that position until near close of war, when was promoted colonel 5th and 6th Indiana Cavalry, consolidated. Prospective attorney various courts in Indiana, 1868, 70, 72. Member 47th to 50th Congresses (1881-1889).

      Democratic candidate for government of Indiana, 1888. Member State Board of Tax Commissioners of Indiana, 1909-1913.

    Politics

    Social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage are outdated and should be rejected. Laws in civil society should define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    Religion

    The relationship with God in Covenant is like a marriage between human beings – both as a community and as individuals – on the one side and God in Christ on the other.

    Denomination: Methodist

    Views

    The family is the basic human community through which persons are nurtured and sustained in mutual love, responsibility, respect, and fidelity.

    Membership

    Member 47th to 50th Congresses (1881-1889). Member State Board of Tax Commissioners of Indiana, 1909-1913.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Nelson Farrow, December 12, 1871 (died 1893).
    • father: John Allen Matson
    • mother: Margaretta Melvina (Woelpper) Matson
    • spouse: Mary Nelson Farrow
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    Died September 4, 1915
    (aged 74)
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