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Charles Gerrit DE WITT

(1789-1839)

DE WITT, Charles Gerrit, (grandson of Charles De Witt), a Representative from New York; born in Greenhill, Ulster County, N.Y., November 7, 1789; studied law and practiced; clerk in the Navy Department; edited the Ulster Sentinel; elected as a Jacksonian candidate to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1831); was not a candidate for renomination in 1830; resumed the practice of law; appointed Chargé d’Affaires to Central America January 29, 1833; returned home in February 1839; died on board a river steamer opposite Newburgh, N.Y., April 12, 1839; interment in Dutch Reformed Cemetery, Hurley, N.Y.

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

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