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David GELSTON

(1744-1828)

GELSTON, David, a Delegate from New York; born in Bridgehampton, Suffolk County, N.Y., July 4, 1744; signed the articles of association in 1775; delegate to the Second, Third, and Fourth Provincial Congresses of New York 1775-1777; member of the State constitutional convention in 1777; elected a member of the State assembly under the constitution of 1777, and served from 1777 to 1785; was speaker in 1784 and 1785; appointed one of the commissioners on specie in 1780; Member of the last Continental Congress in 1789; member of the council of appointment in 1792 and 1793; served in the State senate 1791-1794, 1798, and 1802; canal commissioner in 1792; surrogate of the county of New York 1787-1801; collector of the port of New York 1801-1820; engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York City, where he died August 21, 1828; interment in First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

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

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