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Henry Schermerhorn DE FOREST

(1847-1917)

DE FOREST, Henry Schermerhorn, a Representative from New York; born in Schenectady, N.Y., February 16, 1847; attended the public schools of his native town and Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; engaged in the real-estate, banking, and contracting businesses; city recorder 1883-1885; mayor of Schenectady 1885-1887 and 1889-1891; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1913); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; resumed the real-estate business and banking; unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress and for election in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress; died in Schenectady, N.Y., February 13, 1917; interment in Vale Cemetery.

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

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