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John ADAMS

(1778-1854)

ADAMS, John, a Representative from New York; born in Oak Hill, town of Durham, Greene County, N.Y., August 26, 1778; attended the common schools; taught school in Durham; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1805 and commenced practice in Durham; appointed surrogate of Greene County by Governor Tompkins in 1810; member of the State assembly, 1812-1813; presented credentials as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress, but was succeeded by Erastus Root, who contested his election (March 4, 1815-December 26, 1815); elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); was not a candidate for renomination in 1834; moved to Catskill, Greene County, N.Y., and continued the practice of law until his death; elected a director of the Catskill-Canajoharie Railroad in 1835; died in Catskill, N.Y., September 25, 1854; interment in Thomson Street Cemetery.

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

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