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Daniel Greene GARNSEY

(1779-1851)

GARNSEY, Daniel Greene, a Representative from New York; born in Canaan, Columbia County, N.Y., June 17, 1779; attended private schools; member of the State militia in 1805; brigade inspector in Saratoga County, N.Y., in 1810 and 1811; studied law in Norwich, Chenango County, N.Y.; was admitted to the bar in 1811 and practiced in Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties; served in the War of 1812 as aide-de-camp to major general with rank of major; moved to Pomfret in 1816 and labored to promote the building up of the village of Dunkirk; commissioner to perform certain duties of a judge of the supreme court at chambers; surrogate of Chautauqua County 1813-1831; brigade inspector, Chautauqua County, N.Y., in 1817; district attorney of Chautauqua County from June 11, 1818, to March 4, 1826; elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1829); moved to Michigan in 1831 and settled in the vicinity of Battle Creek; appointed postmaster and Government superintendent of public works near Detroit and Ypsilanti; served with General Scott in the Black Hawk War in 1836; moved to Rock Island, Ill.; appointed on March 22, 1841, by President William Henry Harrison, receiver of public moneys at the land office in Dixon, Ill., and served until removed by President Tyler on August 25, 1843; president of the Harrison celebration in Galena, Ill., July 4, 1840; died in Gowanda, N.Y., May 11, 1851; interment in Pine Hill Cemetery.

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

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