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John Holmes PRENTISS

(1784-1861)

PRENTISS, John Holmes, (brother of Samuel Prentiss), a Representative from New York; born in Worcester, Mass., April 17, 1784; attended local and private schools; foreman of the New York Evening Post in 1808; moved to Cooperstown, Otsego County, N.Y., in October 1808; established the Freeman’s Journal in the same year and served as editor; appointed colonel of militia by Governor Clinton and served as division inspector on the staff of the commander in chief; postmaster of Cooperstown from April 24, 1833, to February 17, 1837; vice president of the Democratic State convention at Albany; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1841); was not a candidate for renomination in 1840; resumed his former newspaper pursuits; also served as president of the Bank of Cooperstown; resided in Cooperstown, N.Y., until his death in that city on June 26, 1861; interment in Lakewood Cemetery.

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

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