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Selah Brewster STRONG

(1792-1872)

STRONG, Selah Brewster, a Representative from New York; born in Brookhaven, Suffolk County, N.Y., May 1, 1792; received a preliminary education and was graduated from Yale College in 1811; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1814 and began practice in New York City; during the War of 1812 was commissioned as an ensign and quartermaster in the Tenth Regiment, Third Brigade, New York City and County Troops, and in 1815 was promoted successively to lieutenant and captain; master in chancery in 1817; moved to Brookhaven in 1820; district attorney for Suffolk County from 1821 to 1847, except for nine months in 1830; appointed judge advocate of the First Division of the New York State Infantry in 1825; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; resumed the practice of law; judge of the supreme court for the second judicial district from June 7, 1847, to January 1, 1860; member of the State constitutional convention in 1867; died in Setauket, Long Island, N.Y., November 29, 1872; interment on his estate.

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

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