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William Donnison FORD

(1779-1833)

FORD, William Donnison, a Representative from New York; born in Herkimer County, N.Y., in 1779; educated at Fairfield Seminary, Herkimer County, N.Y.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1809 and commenced practice in Fairfield, N.Y.; member of the State assembly in 1816 and 1817; appointed commissioner to perform duties of judge of the supreme court in 1817; moved to Watertown, Jefferson County, N.Y., in 1817 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1821); was not a candidate for reelection in 1820 to the Seventeenth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession in Watertown, N.Y.; served as district attorney of Jefferson County and also as master of chancery; trustee of the village of Watertown in 1827; moved to Sackets Harbor, N.Y., about 1830, and died there October 1, 1833; interment in the Village Cemetery.

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

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