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James DUANE

(1733-1797)

DUANE, James, a Delegate from New York; born in New York City February 6, 1733; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar August 3, 1754; clerk of the chancery court in 1762; attorney general of New York in 1767; boundary commissioner in 1768 and 1784; State Indian commissioner in 1774; delegate to the provincial convention in 1775; member of the Revolutionary Committee of One Hundred in 1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1783; member of the Provincial Congress in 1776 and 1777; served in the State senate 1782-1785 and 1788-1790; chosen a member of the Annapolis Commercial Convention in 1786, but did not attend; first mayor of New York City 1784-1789; delegate to the State convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1788; United States district judge for the district of New York 1789-1794; believed to have died in either New York City or in Duanesburg, Schenectady County, N.Y., February 1, 1797; interment under Christ Church in Duanesburg.

Bibliography

Alexander, Edward P. Revolutionary Conservative: James Duane of New York. New York: AMS Press, 1978.

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

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