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Hugh WHITE

(1798-1870)

WHITE, Hugh, a Representative from New York; born in Whitestown, Oneida County, N.Y., on December 25, 1798; attended the common schools; was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1823; studied law but did not practice; entered business at Chittenango in 1825 and afterwards at Rondout; active in the building of the Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad; moved to Cohoes, N.Y., in 1830; was greatly interested in the development of water power from the Mohawk River; organized the Rosendale Cement Works; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Thirtieth Congress); resumed his business activities; died in Waterford, N.Y., October 6, 1870; interment in Albany Rural Cemetery.

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

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