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Martin BUTTERFIELD

(1790-1866)

BUTTERFIELD, Martin, a Representative from New York; born in Westmoreland, N.H., December 8, 1790; attended the common schools; moved to Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y., in 1828 and engaged in the hardware business and also in the manufacture of rope and cordage; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Thirty-sixth Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1860; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Palmyra, N.Y., August 6, 1866; interment in the Village Cemetery.

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

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