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Elijah SPENCER

(1775-1852)

SPENCER, Elijah, a Representative from New York; born in Columbia County, N.Y., in 1775; received a limited education; moved to Jerusalem (later Benton), N.Y., in 1791 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; supervisor of the town of Benton 1810-1819; member of the state assembly in 1819; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1823); again supervisor of Benton 1826-1828; member of the state constitutional convention in 1846; resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Benton, N.Y., December 15, 1852; interment in Lake View Cemetery, Penn Yan, N.Y.

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

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