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Homer Augustus NELSON

(1829-1891)

NELSON, Homer Augustus, a Representative from New York; born in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, N.Y., August 31, 1829; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; judge of Dutchess County 1855-1862; colonel of the One Hundred and Fifty-ninth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil War; resigned in 1863; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867; secretary of state of New York 1867-1870; member of the State senate in 1882 and 1883; appointed a member of the commission to report a revision of the judiciary article of the State constitution in 1890; died in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., April 25, 1891; interment in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

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

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