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John HATHORN

(1749-1825)

HATHORN, John, a Representative from New York; born in Wilmington, Del., January 9, 1749; completed preparatory studies; surveyor by profession and a school teacher; captain of the Colonial Militia; colonel of the Fourth Orange County (N.Y.) Regiment February 7, 1776, and served throughout the Revolutionary War; brigadier general of the Orange County Militia September 26, 1786; major general of State militia October 8, 1793; member of the State assembly 1778, 1780, 1782-1785, 1795, and 1805, and served as speaker in 1783 and 1784; served in the State senate 1786-1790 and 1799-1803; member of the council of appointment in 1787 and 1789; elected to the Continental Congress in December 1788 but no further sessions were held; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1790 to the Second Congress and for election in 1792 to the Third Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1797); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1796 to the Fifth Congress; engaged in mercantile pursuits; died in Warwick, Orange County, N.Y., February 19, 1825; interment in the cemetery on the family estate; reinterment in Warwick Cemetery.

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

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