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James Henry DUNCAN

(1793-1869)

DUNCAN, James Henry, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Haverhill, Mass., December 5, 1793; attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., and was graduated from Harvard University in 1812; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in Haverhill; an active militia officer, and attained the rank of colonel; president of the Essex Agricultural Society; member of the State house of representatives in 1827, 1837, 1838, and again in 1857; served in the State senate 1828-1831; delegate to the Whig National Convention at Harrisburg, Pa., in 1839; appointed commissioner in bankruptcy in 1841; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); engaged in the real-estate business; died in Haverhill, Essex County, Mass., February 8, 1869; interment in Linwood Cemetery.

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

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