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Lewis SELYE

(1803-1883)

SELYE, Lewis, a Representative from New York; born in Chittenango, Madison County, N.Y., July 11, 1803; attended the common schools; learned the blacksmith trade; moved to Rochester, N.Y., in 1824 and engaged in the manufacture of iron; member of the Board of Supervisors of Monroe County several terms; elected alderman in 1841; member of the common council in 1843, 1856, and 1871; county treasurer of Monroe County 1848-1851 and 1854; elected as an Independent Republican to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); in 1868 established the Rochester Daily Chronicle, which was merged with the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in 1870; trustee of the Monroe County Savings Bank; died in Rochester, N.Y., January 27, 1883; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

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

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