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Josiah MASTERS

(1763-1822)

MASTERS, Josiah, a Representative from New York; born in Woodbury, Litchfield County, Conn., November 22, 1763; was graduated from Yale College in 1783; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, N.Y.; member of the State assembly in 1792, 1800, and 1801; served as supervisor of Schaghticoke in 1796; justice of the peace in Rensselaer County 1801-1805; trustee of Lansingburgh Academy; school commissioner of Schaghticoke; elected as a Republican to the Ninth and Tenth Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1809); founder of the Schaghticoke Powder Co.; judge of the court of common pleas of Rensselaer County 1808-1822; died in Fairfield, Conn., June 30, 1822; interment in the Masters Cemetery, near Schaghticoke, N.Y.

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

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