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Nathan Kelsey HALL

(1810-1874)

HALL, Nathan Kelsey, a Representative from New York; born in Marcellus, Onondaga County, N.Y., March 28, 1810; moved to Erie County in early youth with his parents; attended the district school; became engaged as a shoemaker and also in agricultural pursuits; studied law in Buffalo with Millard Fillmore; was admitted to the bar in 1832 and practiced in Buffalo; from 1831 to 1837 held various local county and town offices in Erie County, including deputy clerk of the county, clerk of the board of supervisors, and city attorney; member of the board of aldermen; appointed by Governor Seward in 1839 master in chancery; judge of Erie County from January 1841 to January 1845; member of the State assembly in 1846; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); was not a candidate for renomination in 1848; appointed Postmaster General in the Cabinet of President Fillmore and served from July 23, 1850, to August 31, 1852; appointed United States district judge for the western district of New York August 31, 1852, and held the position until his death in Buffalo, N.Y., March 2, 1874; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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

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