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Charles HUMPHREY

(1792-1850)

HUMPHREY, Charles, a Representative from New York; born in Little Britain, Orange County, N.Y., February 14, 1792; moved to Newburgh, N.Y., at an early age and attended the Newburgh Academy; commenced the study of law; entered the United States Army at the beginning of the War of 1812 as first sergeant of Newburgh Company Number Five; commissioned captain in the Forty-first Regiment, United States Infantry, on August 15, 1813; resumed the study of law; was admitted to the bar in Newburgh, N.Y., January 11, 1816; moved to Ithaca, N.Y., in 1818 and engaged in the practice of law; elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth Congress (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1827); president of the village of Ithaca in 1828 and 1829; elected surrogate of Tompkins County and served from March 4, 1831, to January 8, 1834; member of the State assembly 1834-1836 and in 1842; speaker of the assembly in 1835 and 1836; appointed clerk of the New York Supreme Court in 1843 and held that position until 1847; died in Albany, N.Y., April 17, 1850; interment in City Cemetery, Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y.

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

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