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Rodolphus Holland DUELL

(1824-1891)

DUELL, Rodolphus Holland, a Representative from New York; born in Warren, Herkimer County, N.Y., December 20, 1824; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Fabius, N.Y.; moved to Cortland, N.Y., in 1847; district attorney of Cortland County 1850-1855; judge of Cortland County 1855-1859; assessor of internal revenue for the twenty-third district of New York from 1869 to 1871; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Thirty-seventh Congress); resumed the practice of law in Cortland; elected to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Forty-third Congress); appointed by President Grant United States Commissioner of Patents on October 1, 1875, and served until January 30, 1877; resumed the practice of law in Cortland, N.Y., where he died February 11, 1891; interment in Cortland Rural Cemetery.

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

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