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Lemuel STETSON

(1804-1868)

STETSON, Lemuel, a Representative from New York; born in Champlain, Clinton County, N.Y., March 13, 1804; attended the public schools and Plattsburg Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1824 and commenced practice in Keeseville, Essex County, N.Y.; member of the State assembly in 1835, 1836, and 1842; district attorney of Clinton County 1838-1843; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Twenty-eighth Congress); member of the State constitutional convention in 1846; again a member of the State assembly in 1846; moved to Plattsburg, N.Y., in 1847; judge of Clinton County 1847-1851; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860; resumed the practice of law; died in Plattsburg, N.Y., May 17, 1868; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

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

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