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John Allen COLLIER

(1787-1873)

COLLIER, John Allen, (great-grandfather of Edwin Arthur Hall), a Representative from New York; born in Litchfield, Conn., November 13, 1787; attended Yale College in 1803; studied law in the Litchfield Law School; was admitted to the bar at Troy, N.Y., in 1809 and commenced practice in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y.; district attorney of Broome County June 11, 1818, to February 25, 1822; elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1833); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress; comptroller of the State of New York January 27, 1841, to February 7, 1842; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress; appointed a commissioner to revise the statutes in 1847; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848; resumed his law practice; died in Binghamton, N.Y., March 24, 1873; interment in Spring Forest Cemetery.

Bibliography

Philp, Kenneth R. “John Collier and the Indians of the Americas: The Dream and the Reality.” Prologue 11 (Spring 1979): 5-21.

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

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