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Charles Henry ADAMS

(1824-1902)

ADAMS, Charles Henry, a Representative from New York; born in Coxsackie, Greene County, N.Y., April 10, 1824; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1845 and commenced practice in New York City; moved to Cohoes, Albany County, N.Y., in 1850; appointed with rank of colonel to Governor Hunt’s staff in 1851; member of the State assembly in 1858; engaged in the manufacture of knit underwear, and in banking; retired from active business in 1870; served as first mayor of Cohoes 1870-1872; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1872; served in the State senate in 1872 and 1873; United States commissioner from New York to the Vienna Exposition in 1873; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1876; resumed banking in Cohoes, N.Y., until 1892, when he retired from active business pursuits and moved to New York City, where he died December 15, 1902; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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