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Jonathan Nicoll HAVENS

(1757-1799)

HAVENS, Jonathan Nicoll, a Representative from New York; born on Shelter Island, Suffolk County, N.Y., June 18, 1757; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Yale College in 1777; member of the State assembly 1786-1795; town clerk 1783-1787; elected to the State convention which ratified the Federal Constitution January 8, 1788; took a great interest in popular education and was chairman of the committee for establishing public schools in New York in 1795; justice of the peace of Suffolk County in 1795; elected as a Republican to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1795, until his death on Shelter Island, N.Y., October 25, 1799; interment in the south burial ground of the Presbyterian Church.

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

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