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Isaac LOW

(1735-1791)

LOW, Isaac, a Delegate from New York; born at Raritan Landing, near New Brunswick, N.J., April 13, 1735; moved to New York City and engaged in mercantile pursuits; stamp-act commissioner for the Province of New York during the French and Indian War; Member of the Continental Congress in 1774; delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1775; was opposed to armed conflict with Great Britain and after the Declaration of Independence abandoned the patriot cause; returned to Raritan, N.J., in 1776 where he was accused of treason and imprisoned by the New Jersey Convention, but was released on the interposition of George Washington; returned to New York after the British occupation; one of the founders and president of the New York Chamber of Commerce 1775-1783; his property was confiscated in 1779 by the American authorities, and in 1783 he moved to England, where he died in Cowes, Isle of Wight, July 25, 1791.

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

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