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Matthias Jacob BOVEE

(1793-1872)

BOVEE, Matthias Jacob, a Representative from New York; born in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, N.Y., July 24, 1793; attended the rural school until the death of his father in 1807; taught school in winter and worked the family farm in summer; engaged in mercantile pursuits in 1815; chairman of the town of Amsterdam; member of the county board of supervisors; elected a member of the State assembly in 1826; trustee of the village of Amsterdam in 1831; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1837); returned to Amsterdam and resumed mercantile pursuits; moved to Milwaukee, Wis., in June 1843 and two months later settled near Eagle, Waukesha County, and engaged in agricultural pursuits; justice of the peace for 10 years; died in Eagle, Wis., September 12, 1872; interment in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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

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