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Henry Porteous ALEXANDER

(1801-1867)

ALEXANDER, Henry Porteous, a Representative from New York; born in Little Falls, Herkimer County, N.Y., September 13, 1801; attended the public schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Little Falls; also engaged in banking; president of the village of Little Falls in 1834 and 1835; became president of the Herkimer County Bank at Little Falls in 1839 and served until his death; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Little Falls, N.Y., February 22, 1867; interment in Church Street Cemetery.

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

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