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Hasbrook, and commenced farming, in which he has
always since been engaged, besides speculating in grain
and fatted cattle. He has held various town offices,
and in 1855 was a member of the Assembly, w^here
he proved himself an industrious and useful repre-
sentative. He was re-elected in 1857, and is again
one of the leading Democrats in that body. He has
always adhered with unyielding tenacity to the prin-
ciples of the Democratic party, and since a voter,
has been one of the most active and effective poli-
ticians in Dutchess county. He is a member of the
Dutch Eeformed church, to which he has belonged
for twenty years, and sustains a high reputation
wherever he is known.



PHILIP W. ENGS.

Mr. Engs was born in Newport, R. I., on the 28th
of May, 1790 вАФ the same day on which that state entered
into the Union. His paternal ancestors were Ger-
man, and settled in Boston about the year 1700, and
his mother's family came from England, about two



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hundred and twenty-five years ago, and were among
the first purchasers of Martha's vineyard, on Nan-
tucket. His parents were both natives of Rhode
Island, and lived to a good old age. Mr. Engs received
a common school education, and has been engaged in
the mercantile business, in the city of New York,
since the age of fifteen. He has held the offices of
Alderman and Commissioner of the Alms House,
besides being constantly, for a long series of years,
connected with numerous financial, benevolent and
religious associations, and was an active fireman for
nearly a quarter of a century, filling consecutively
every office in the department This is his advent
into legislative life, but there are none in the House
who surpass him for his untiring industry, exhaustless
perseverance and unremitting attention to business.
His first vote for President, was cast for Mr. Madison,
and he adhered to the Whig party until Henry Clay
was defeated in the Philadelphia convention, in 1848,
when he became a Democrat, and has always since
clung to that party. He was married in 1812, to
Miss Anna Townsend Franklin, by whom he has had
ten children, and belongs to the Lutheran church.



CHARLES ESTES.

Dr. Estes is a native of Tiverton, Newport county.
R. I., where he was born in 1812. His parents, who
were of English and French descent, were born in
that state, and removed to Berkshire county, Mass.,



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when he was about four years of age. His father,
Daniel Estes, still resides in that county, where his
mother died about fifteen years ago. Dr. Estes was
reared on his father's farm, and after receiving an
academical education, commenced teaching, which he
followed some ten years, receiving, at the same time,
a thorough medical education. In 1844 he removed
to New York, and began the practice of medicine at
Nassau, Rensselaer county, where he remained about
four years, after which he located in Macedon Centre,
Wayne county, where he has since resided in the
practice of his profession. About fourteen years ago
he married Miss Sophia E. Sherman, of New Lebanon,
-and has long been a prominent and influential member
of the Methodist church. He is an earnest advocate
of temperance and education, and to his individual
exertions is due the largest share of the prosperity of
the Macedon academy, one of the most thorough
institutions in that section of the state. He was
formerly a Democrat, and although now acting with
the Republican party, still clings to what he regards
Democracy in its true sense. He never held any
public office till his election to the seat he now occu-
pies, and has only recently taken much part in politics.
His energy is exhaustless, and although not an idle
member of the House, has only been prevented from
taking a more active part in its deliberations by ill
health. He is an excellent scholar; a finished writer;
a successful business man; and distinguished for his
uprightness, honesty, and sterling integrity.



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EDWAED S. ESTY.

Mr. Esty was born in 1824, at Ithaca, Tompkins
county, N. Y. His father, Joseph Esty, is still living,
and was one of the earliest settlers of that village.
His paternal grand-parents emigi;ated from the vicinity
of Boston to Cayuga county, N. Y., where his aged
grand-mother, a descendant of the Pilgrims, still
survives. His maternal ancestors were Dutch, and
came from New Jersey. Mr. Esty attended the Ithaca
academy till seventeen years of age, when his father
deeming a trade the most independent calling for his
son, required him to engage in the business of manu-
facturing and dealing in leather, which he himself had
successfully prosecuted. He was formerly a Henry Clay
Whig, but early identified himself with the Republican
party, and has taken the stump in behalf of its prin-
ciples. He is a most excellent and successful busi-
ness man, and was elected to his present position by a
majority of over thirteen hundred. He was married
in 1846 to Miss Amelia Wilgus, an extremely amiable
and popular lady, by whom he has three children, and
is a member of the Presbyterian church. He is one
of the most promising young men in the House.



DANIEL FISH.

Mr. Fish was born in 1794, in Ira, Rutland county,
Vt., and is of English descent. His parents, who are
now dead, were natives of Rhode Island, and emi-



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