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Ela COLLINS

(1786-1848)

COLLINS, Ela, (father of William Collins), a Representative from New York; born in Meriden, Conn., February 14, 1786; attended Clinton Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Lowville, N.Y., in 1807; member of the State assembly in 1815; district attorney for Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties 1815-1818, and for Lewis County from June 11, 1818, to March 24, 1840; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1821; elected as one of the Crawford Republicans to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1825); resumed the practice of law; died in Lowville, Lewis County, N.Y., November 23, 1848; interment in Jackson Street Cemetery.

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

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