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Henry VAIL

(1782-1853)

VAIL, Henry, a Representative from New York; born near Milbrook, Dutchess County, N.Y., in 1782; received a limited schooling; engaged in the retail mercantile business 1806-1815 and in wholesale mercantile pursuits 1815-1832; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; resumed his former business pursuits in Troy, Rensselaer County, N.Y., and died there June 25, 1853; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

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