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Benjamin Baker ODELL, Jr.

(1854-1926)

ODELL, Benjamin Baker, Jr., a Representative from New York; born in Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y., January 14, 1854; attended the public schools, Newburgh Academy, Bethany (W.Va.) College, and Columbia College, New York City; entered upon a commercial career; for ten years represented the seventeenth district on the Republican State committee and was chairman of the executive committee; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1899); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Fifty-fifth Congress); president of the Orange County Traction Co. and the Central Hudson Steamboat Co.; elected Governor of New York in 1900 and reelected in 1902; president of the chamber of commerce of Newburgh, N.Y.; died in Newburgh, N.Y., on May 9, 1926; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor, Orange County, N.Y.

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

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