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Oscar Lapham

Oscar Lapham (June 29, 1837 - March 29, 1926) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island.

Born in Burrillville, Rhode Island, Lapham attended the Seminary in Scituate, Massachusetts, Pembroke Academy in New Hampshire, the University Grammar School, Providence, Rhode Island, and was graduated from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1864. He served as member of the board of trustees and of the advisory and executive committee of that university. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1867 and practiced in Providence, Rhode Island. He served in the Civil War as first lieutenant, adjutant, and captain in the Twelfth Rhode Island Volunteers. He served as member of the State senate in 1887 and 1888. He served as member and treasurer of the Democratic State central committee 1887-1891. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Forty-eighth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses.

Lapham was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Providence, Rhode Island, and died there March 29, 1926. He was interred in Swan Point Cemetery.

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