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COCHRAN, James, a Representative from New York; born in Albany, N.Y., on February 11, 1769; was graduated from Columbia College, New York City, in 1788; studied law; was admitted to the bar; commissioned major in the Army by President John Adams; regent of the University of the State of New York 1796-1820; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1799); member of the State senate 1814-1818; moved to Oswego, N.Y., in 1826; postmaster of Oswego from September 27, 1841, to July 21, 1845; editor of the Oswego Democratic Gazette for several years; died in Oswego, N.Y., November 7, 1848; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

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