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Elijah RISLEY

(1787-1870)

RISLEY, Elijah, a Representative from New York; born in Connecticut on May 7, 1787; completed preparatory studies; moved to Fredonia, Chautauqua County, N.Y., in 1807; engaged in mercantile pursuits; sheriff of Chautauqua County 1825-1828; supervisor of town of Pomfret in 1835; engaged in the culture of garden seeds 1833-1853; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); was not a candidate for renomination in 1850; major general in the State militia; died in Fredonia, Chautauqua County, N.Y., January 9, 1870; interment in the East Main Street Cemetery.

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

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