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PALEN, Rufus, a Representative from New York; born in Palenville, Greene County, N.Y., February 25, 1807; moved with his parents to Fallsburg, where he received a limited schooling; engaged in the manufacture of leather; held several local offices; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); died in New York City April 26, 1844; interment in the Old Cemetery, Palenville, N.Y.

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