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Edward Murray BASSETT

(1863-1948)

BASSETT, Edward Murray, a Representative from New York; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., February 7, 1863; attended the public schools in Brooklyn and Watertown, N.Y., and Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1881 and 1882; was graduated from Amherst (Mass.) College in 1884 and from Columbia Law School, New York City, in 1886; was admitted to the New York State bar in 1886 and commenced practice in Buffalo, N.Y.; moved to New York City in 1892 and continued the practice of law; member of the Brooklyn School Board 1899-1903; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1905); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1904; resumed the practice of law; member of the New York Public Service Commission 1907-1911; chairman of the Heights of Buildings Commission 1913-1915; chairman of the Zoning Commission in 1916 and 1917; appointed by Secretary Hoover in 1922 as a member of the Department of Commerce, Advisory Committee on Zoning; writer on bankruptcy, eminent domain, and police power; died in Brooklyn, N.Y., October 27, 1948; interment in Ashfield Plains Cemetery, Ashfield, Mass.

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

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