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William NELSON

(1784-1869)

NELSON, William, a Representative from New York; born in Hyde Park, Dutchess County, N.Y., June 29, 1784; attended the common schools and was graduated from Poughkeepsie Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Peekskill, Westchester County, N.Y., in 1807; for thirty years served as district attorney for Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties; member of the State assembly in 1820 and 1821; served in the State senate 1824-1827; judge of the court for the correction of errors 1824-1827; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1851); resumed the practice of his profession; died in Peekskill, N.Y., October 3, 1869; interment in Hillside Cemetery.

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

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