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Martin Ingham TOWNSEND

(1810-1903)

TOWNSEND, Martin Ingham, a Representative from New York; born in Hancock, Mass., February 6, 1810; moved with his parents to Williamstown, Mass, in 1816; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1833; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Troy, N.Y.; district attorney of Rensselaer County 1842-1845; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867 and 1868; regent of New York University 1873-1903; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1878; United States district attorney for the northern district of New York 1879-1887; member of the State constitutional convention in 1890; retired from legal practice in 1901; died in Troy, N.Y., March 8, 1903; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

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