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John FAY

(1773-1855)

FAY, John, a Representative from New York; born in Hardwick, Worcester County, Mass., February 10, 1773; attended the common schools for a period of only six months; moved to New York with his parents, who settled in Montgomery County, and later in Galway, Saratoga County; moved to Northampton, Fulton County, in 1804; became a land surveyor and later engaged in agricultural pursuits, milling, and manufacturing; held various local offices and was postmaster of Northampton several years; member of the State assembly in 1808, 1809, and 1812; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1821); resumed his former activities; served as sheriff of Jefferson County from 1828 to 1831; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1844; died in Northampton, N.Y., June 21, 1855; interment in the Old Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

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

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