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He held the office of Supervisor in 1856 and '57, and
is again a candidate for re-election. He has always
been an industrious, shrewd politician, and a Demo-



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crat of the most uncompromising character. He was
married in 1847, to Miss Elizabeth. Burtis, and at-
tends the Presbyterian church. He is a free-and-
easy, generous-hearted man; a good representative;
and very popular among his legislative compeers.



ASA HODGE.

Mr. Hodge was born in 1816, in Neversink, Sullivan
county, N. Y., and is of English and Scotch descent.
With the exception of three years which he spent in
Grahamsville as a merchant, he has always resided in
that town, engaged in farmiiVg. * His father, who is
now dead, and who was a native of Connecticut, was one
of the pioneer settlers in that section of the state, and
having been reared in what was then a wilderness,
Mr. Hodge never received more than about six months'
schooling. Since then, however, he has been a dili-
gent student, and is now a good business English
scholar. He has held several town offices, including
that of Supervisor, and was elected to the seat he now
occupies by a most complimentary vote. He was
originally a Democrat, and was among the first to
enlist in the American cause, to which he still adheres
with unyielding tenacity. He was married in 1843 to
Miss Julia A. Krum, and usually attends the Methodist
church. He is a very quiet, unassuming man, and
strictly honest both in public and private life.
Although uninitiated in the tricks of political gabblers
he is too closely attached to right and principle to be
successfully affected by their thieving designs.



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LEVI S. HOLBllOOK.

Mr. Holbrook was born in 1807 in Pompey, Onon-
daga county, N. Y., where he has since chiefly resided.
His parents were from New England, and were among
the early settlers in Onondaga co. His father died when
he was quite young, leaving him and an older brother
in charge of the family, which precluded all opportu-
nity of his getting more than a very ordinary common
school education. At the age of eighteen he engaged
as an apprentice and journeyman, in the manufacture
of leather at Syracuse, where he remained five years,
when returning to Pompey he continued in the same
business till about twelve years ago, when he turned his
attention to farming. He has filled numerous town
offices, and has been Supervisor five consecutive years,
holding the position of chairman of the Board in 1855.
He is also excise commissioner, and was sent to the
present House by a handsome vote. He was always a
Seward Whig till the organizattion of the Republican
movement, when he became a member of that part}'-.
He married Miss Fidelia Woodward, in 1831, and at-
tends the Union church. He is one of the most quiet
and industrious men in the House.



JOHN C . HOLMES.

Mr. Holmes, the gentlemanly and popular proprietor
of the "Mills House," at Gloversville, Fulton county,
-N. Y., is of Yankee descent, and was born in Mont-



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gomery county, in 1812. His father was a gallant
soldier in the war of 1812, and received a wound in
the battle of Qiieenstown, which finally in 1814, caused
his death. Mr. Holmes received a common school
education, and having, like his father, served his time
at the blacksmith's trade, followed mechanical pur-
suits in the city of Troy until 1839, when he removed
into Hamilton county, and took charge of the Lake
Pleasant House, which he kept till the spring of
1857, when he became proprietor of the Mills House,
the largest hotel in the state outside of the city of
New York. He has been Postmaster at Lake Pleasant ;
Clerk of Hamilton county, twelve successive years;
and a Justice of the Peace eight years. He has
always been a genuine Democrat of the National
Conservative stamp, and has secured the reputation
of a sound common sense legislator. He married
Miss Mary Jane Carlin in 1835; and is a free thinker
in matters of religion. He is a large, robust, fine,
frank looking man, and has a heart as warm as his
physically strength is great. Persons going into that
section of the state to pass the hot summer, will do
well to call upon Mr. Holmes at the Mills House, where
they will find all the comforts that can be desired.



F R S T H R T N .

Mr. Horton was born in 1806 in Yorktown, West-
chester county, N. Y. He is of English and French
descent, and his parents were both natives of that



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town. His father, Wright Horton, is still living, at
the age of eighty-two, and his mother is dead, Mr.
H. received a common English education, and at the
age of seventeen went to the blacksmithing, at which
he worked some five years after the expiration of his
apprenticeship. At the age of twenty-one he removed
to the village of Peekskill, where he now resides.
In 1835 he engaged in the foundry business and the
manufacture of agricultural implements as one of the
firm of Minor, Horton & Co., which continued
twenty years. The firm is now Horton & Defew,
and he is doing an immense business. He has held
various town offices, including Supervisor which he
has filled three years. He was originally an Old Line
Whig, and is now a staunch and zealous American.
He was married in 1828 to Miss Phoebe Tompkins;
attends the Quaker church; and is one of the most
industrious, useful, and substantial men in the House.



GEORGE HOWELL.

Mr. Howell was born in 1829 in Goshen, Orange
county, N. Y., and is of Welsh and Irish descent.
His ancestors were among the first settlers on Long
Island, and his grand-father removed when quite
young to Orange county, where his parents were
both born. Mr. Howell received a common school
education; worked at the printing business from the
age of fourteen until he was twenty; and has since
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Riverhead, Long Island, about seven years ago,
where he now resides. lie has always been a very
active politician, but never held any public office till
his election to the present House, lie has never been
anything else than a Democrat, of the Hard Shell
stamp, and at his election to the Assembly, was the
first Democrat who had carried his town for fifteen
years. In 1856 he married Miss Sarah L., daughter
of Luther Slddmore, and usually attends the Sweden-
borg church. He makes a good representative, and
is a man of much personal popularity.



EBER W. HUBBARD.

Dr. Hubbard was born in 1797, in Steuben, Oneida
county, N. Y. While very youog, his parents, who
were natives of Connecticut, removed into Jefferson
county, and thence to Lorain county, Ohio, where his
father, Fairchild Hubbard, is still living, at the age
of eighty-eight. His mother, whose maiden name
was Ward, died at the advanced age of eighty. Dr.
H. was chiefly educated in the Fairfield academy, in
Herkimer county, receiving, at the same time, instruc-
tions from a clergyman in the languages, and received
the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the college of
Physicians and Surgeons at Fairfield, in 1822. Since
then he has followed his profession, save when em-
ployed in official duties. In 1826 he located in
Lorain county, Ohio, and while in that state entered
prominently into the political contests of that peiiod.
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and in 1831 was elected associate Judge of Lorain
county, for a term of seven years. During tlie years
1836, '37 and '38, he was a member of the lower
branch of the Ohio legislature, and in I8b8 received
the entire Democratic vote of that body for Speaker.
He held the office of Bank Commissioner in 1839 and
'42, and in 1843 was elected Acting Canal Fund
Commissioner. While occupying this position he
obtained, in connection with the Hon. John Brough,
Auditor of State, a loan of $1,500,000, in the cily of
New York, to pay arrearages to contractors on the
Ohio canals.

During the prevalence of the cholera in 1849, Dr.
Hubbard was attacked, through excessive professional
labor, with inflammation on the lungs, and after seventy-
three days' confinement to his bed, gradually improved
until he was able to go South, where he spent the
winter in Florida, and where his health improved,
returning to Ohio in the spring. In 1853 he re-
moved to Staten Island, where he now resides. He
was elected to the seat he occupies by a majority
over the combined American and Republican vote-
He was married in 1828 to Miss H. M. Kingsbury; is
a sound, reliable man; a faithful representative; and.
has always been a National Democrat,



A. HUTC HINSON.

Mr. Hutchinson is of English descent, and was bora
in 1811, in Remsen, Oneida county, N. Y. His-
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parents were natives of Connecticut, and settled in
Oneida county about the commencement of the present
century. In 1816, they removed into what is now
Orleans, then Genesee county, and located on the same
farm on which the subject of this sketch is now livinsj .
Mr. Hutchinson received a common school educa-
tion, and has ahways been a farmer, besides teaching,
during the winter, from 1828 till '34. He was a
member of the House in 1857, and has proven him-
self a capable and efficient representative. He was
formerly a Whig, and took part in the organization
of that party; was then a prominent Libert}'^ party
man; and is now an earnest and iniluential Republicanj
He married Miss Mary G. Short, in 1845; and is a
member of the Congregational church. He is a
leading member of the House; a man of sterling
integrity; has a capacity for facts and figures seldom
surpassed; is a good, off-hand debator; and has the
^ strongest voice in the House.



\ GEOEGE A. JEREMIAH.

Mr. Jeremiah was born in 1826, in the city of New
York, where his parents, who are still living, w^ere
born before him. He received an academical educa-
tion, and at the age of fifteen went to the trade of a
wheelright, at which he has always since been ex-
tensively engaged. He has been some time connected
with the schools of New York; was elected to the



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seat he now holds by over one thousand majority, has
always been a Democrat and an active politician; is a
married man; and a good, clever fellow.



^ JOHN H. JONES.

Mr. Jones was born in 1812, in Leicester, then Gene-
see, now Livingston co., N. Y., and is of English and
Irish descent. His mother was a native of New Jer-
sey, and his father, who removed to Bedford county,
Penn., and thence, in 1788, to Geneva, N. Y., was
born in Maryland. Both his parents are now dead.
Mr. Jones received a common school education, and
has always been engaged in farming. He has h-eld all
the town offices in Moscow where he resides, and was
two years Loan Commissioner under Gov. Seymour,
He has always been closely attached to the Demo-
cratic party and its principles; wields much more
than ordinary influence over his political coadjutors;
and was elected to his present position by a compli.-
mentary vote. He was married in 1835 to Miss Julia
Jones, and is a man of worth and influerffce in the
community where he resides.



THOMAS JONES, JR.

Mr. Jones has always been a Hard Shell Democrat,
and carried the first resolution that was ever passed
in New York in favor of Gen. Cass, in 1844, at Rome.



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He took the stump in Pennsylvania in support of Mr.
Buchanan in the last national contest, and is now in
good favor with the Federal Administration. Mr.
Jones was born in 1823 in Steuben, One da co., N. Y.,
and is an only child. His parents, who are now dead,
came from Wales towards the close of the last century,
and settled in the city of New York, from whence
they removed into Oneida county. He received a
liberal common school education, and was deputy
Surrogate of Oneida county from 1845 till 1848. He
was then principally occupied in teaching until 1847,
when he married Miss Margaret S. Farquharson, and
-engaged in the insurance business which he still fol-
lows. He removed to the city of New York in 1852,
where he is now editor and proprietor of the Insurance
Monitor and Wall Street Review. He has been a mem-
ber of the common council in that city, and while
occupying the position, was chairman of the finance
-committee. He is an active and industrious member;
a man of fine social qualities, and probably the most
'fluent and popular speaker in the House.



WILLIAM B. JONES.

Mr. Jones was born in what was then Tioga Point,
now tlie village of Athens, Penn., and is forty-five
years of age. He is of English and Welsh descent.
His father was a Pennsylvanian, and his mother a na-
tive of Massachusetts. Mr. Jones was educated in a
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four years ago, with his parents, who settled in the
valley of the Chemung river. He was always exclu-
sively a farmer till about four years since, when he
was admitted to the practice of the law. Since then
he has been pursuing his profession, in connection
with his farming, and has been successful in both
callings. He held various town offices prior to his
election to the present Assembly ; was formerly a
Whig, and is now an anti-Lecompton Republican. He
was married in 1833 to Miss Pricilia Ann Stephens;
attends the MethodisI church, and is a man of the
right stamp.



WILLIAM F. JONES.

Mr. Jones represents the second district in Allegany
county, and resides in Wellsville, where he is a prac-
ticing lawyer. He has held several town offices, and
was elected to the seat he now occupies by upwards
of eight hundred majority. He is a man of more than
ordinary ability; is scrupulously correct in his habits,
t- both in public and private life, and enjoys a very high

degree of personal popularity. He discharges the
responsibilities devolving upon him as a member of
the House with industry, ability and fidelity, and
watches over the interests of his constituents with
jealous anxiety. He is about thirty years of age, and
still single.



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WILLIAM KALES.

Mr. Kales was born in 1806, in the county of Mona-
ghan, Ireland, and when about three years of age,
came to the city of Albany, with his parents, who re-
moved to Coventry, Chenango county, in ISIL He
received a common school education, and was a farmer
in Broome county from 1831 till 1840, when he re-
moved to Lorain county, Ohio, where he was engaged
in the mercantile and hotel business. In 1844 he
returned to Chenango county, where he has since been
exclusively engaged in farming. He filled various
town offices in Ohio and where he now resides; cast
his first vote for Gen. Jackson; supported Martin Van
Buren in 1848, and is now a warm Republican. He
married Miss Hannah Sheldon in 1830, and attends
the Presbyterian church. He is a strictly honest,
well-meaning man, and is scrupulously faithful in the
discharge of his legislative duties.



FRANKLIN I). KINGMAN.

Mr. Kingman is a native of Worthington, Hamp-
shire county, Mass., and is forty-five years of age.
He is of English extraction, and his father, Josiah
Kingman, is still living at Worthington. Mr. K. set-
tled in Bergen, Genesee county, N. Y., in 1825, and
is still a resident of that place. All his schooling,
which amounted to but precious little, was received
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occupation has alv^ays been that of an honest farmer.
He held several town offices before his election to the
present House; was formerly an enthusiastic Whig,
and is now a Republican, uncompromisingly opposed
to the further extension of slavery. In 1854 he mar-
ried his present amiable and intelligent lady, Miss
Thodosia P. Smith, and is a worthy member of the
Congregational church. He is in every respect a
substantial man, and has performed an incredible
amount of hard labor in his life time.



REUBEN KNIGHT.

Mr. Knight is a native of Boonville, Oneida county,
N. Y. ; was born in 1814, and is of English descent.
His parents were natives of Rhode Island, and
about the beginning of the present century, settled
in Oneida county on the same farm upon which the
subject of this sketch is now living. Mr. K. received
a limited common school education, and having worked
at the carpenter and joiner's trade from the age of
twenty-one until he" was twenty-five, turned his exclu-
sive attention to farming, in which he is still engaged.
He held the office of Supervisor in 1856; was always
a Democrat until he supported Col. Fremont for the
presidency, and in 1847 married Miss Roxana Whee-
lock. He is kind, courteous and popular, and is at-
tentive in the discbarge of his legislative duties.



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JOHN W. L AB AR.

Mr. Labar was born in 1807 in Northampton, Mont-
gomery county, N. Y. His father was a native of
the city of Paris; was a commissary in the French
army, and came to this country with Lafayette, to
take part in the Revolution. At the close of the war,
he settled in Connecticut, and subsequently removed
to Montgomery county, N. Y., where he died. His
wife, the mother of the subject of this sketch, who is
also dead, was a French woman, though born in this
country. Mr. L. was educated at a common school;
followed mechanical pursuits about eight years, and
then turned his attention to real estate, in which he is
still a dealer. He never held any public position till
his election to the present Assembly; was formerly a
Democrat till 1844, since which time he has always
acted with the anti-slavery party. He removed into
Niagara county in 1833; married Miss Almira Palmer
the year previous, and belongs to the Wesleyan
Methodist church. He is one of the most quiet and
gentlemanly members in the House, and is very well
qualified for the position of a legislator.



FORDYCE L. LAFLIN.

Mr. Laflin is one of the most popular young men in '
the House, and discharges his legislative duties with
entire credit and satisfaction. He is a native of
Blandtbrd, Hampden county, Mass. ; was born in 1824,



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and is of Irish and Scotch extraction. His parents
are natives of Massachusetts, and in 1836 removed to
Saugerties, Ulster county, N. Y., where they and the
subject of this sketch still reside. Mr. Laflin received
an academical education, and in 1842 became a clerk
in the jobbing house of Page & Hall, in Boston, where
he remained till 1845, when he entered the extensive
gun powder establishment of Laflin (his father) &
Smith, at Saugerties, in which he became a partner in
1849. The firm now is Laflins, Smith & Boies, and is
operating very extensively in the manufacture of gun
powder, having various branch establishments in dif-
ferent parts of the country. Mr. L. has held the office
of Supervisor two years; was President of Saugerties
in 1851; has always been a strong, active, National
Democrat, and a man of great personal popularity,
running far in advance of his ticket when elected to
the Assembly. He was married in 1851 to Miss Helen
M. Burtt, and attends the Dutch Reformed church. AH
unite in calling him an extremely clever fellow, and a
fair representative of Young America.



TRUXTON G. LAMB.

Mr. Lamb was born in 1811, in Columbus, Che-
nango county, N. Y., where he now resides. His
father, Joshua Lamb, is still living, and is a native of
Massachusetts, and his maternal grand-father w^as a
brother of Obediah German*, at one time a member
of the Ignited States Senate from this state. Mr.



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Lamb received a common school education, and has
since chiefly followed the plow. He has held the
office of Town Superintendent, and Supervisor; and-
was elected to the Assembly by a handsome majority.
He was originally a Democrat; voted for Van Buren
in 1848; early identified himself with the Republican
movement; and is an earnest advocate of temper-
ance. He married his present wife, Miss Mary North-
up, of Otsego county, in 1857; is a member of the
Universalist church; and a representative of whom
his constituents may well feel proud.



ALBERT P. LANING.

Mr. Laning is a prominent Democratic leader
in il]^ House, and is a very fluent and forcible speaker.
He was born in Burlington, Otsego county, N. Y., in
1820, and is of English and Irish descent. His
father, who wa's a Methodist minister, and a member
of the Genesee Conference some twenty years, was a
native of New Jersey, and settled in Tompkins
county in 1799. Mr. L. received an academical
education; studied law with Judge Shankland, of
Cortland county; and was admitted to the bar in
1845. He then followed the profession in Allegany
county till about two years since, when he removed
to Buffalo, where he succeeded to the practice of
Judge Masfen, of the Superior Court, in that city.
He never occupied any public position before his
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been an active and industrious member of the Demo-
cratic party. He married Miss Ester N. Pulling in'
1843, and attends the Episcopal church. He is very
industrious and effective in the discharge of his legis-
lative duties, and is very popular both in and out of
the House.



SAMUEL A. LAW.

Mr. Law is a native of Delaware county, N. Y.;
is thirty-eight years of age, and resides in the same
mansion in which he was born. He passed his col-
legiate life in Hamilton college; studied law with
the Hon. A. J. Parker, then of Delaware county, and
completed his professional studies in the Law de-
partment of Yale college. In 1838 he accompanied
an elder brother, then in bad health, to southern
Georgia, where, surrounded by the "peculiar insti-
tution," he fully informed himself of its effects upon
the white and black races. He subsequently took a
tour through the sea-board slave states, which con-
firmed the results of his previous observations, and
he returned home a confirmed opponent, under con-
stitutional restrictions, of the system of American
slavery. In 1839 Mr. Law commenced the practice
of the law, at Erie, Pa., where, in 1841, he married
Miss Kate H., daughter of Samuel Hayes, Esq.
Owing to the declining health of his father, he
abandoned his profession, in 1843, and returning to
Delaware county, became what he still continues to
be, a farmer. He has always taken a deep interest
in the subject of agriculture; was President of the



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Delaware County Agricultural society, from 1850 to
1855, has frequently been Clerk of his native town;
has been an acting Justice of the Peace during the
past five years, and was elected to the legislature by
a handsome plurality. He was a National Whig
until the complete disorganization of that party, when
he became a zealous American. He is now the leader
of that party in the House; is a verj- profound, useful
and efficient representative, and would be a welcome
guest at the table of a duke, or feel perfecty at home
in the cottage of a peasant.



EDWARD A. LAWRENCE.

Mr. Lawrence was born in Flushing, Queens county,
N. Y. ; was twenty-five years old the same day on
which he was elected to the legislature; and now re-
sides in the same old mansion in which his ancestors
lived a century and a half ago. He is of English de-
scent, and a descendant of one of the oldest families
in that section of the state. He received a common
English education; was reared on a farm, and has
always been a farmer. He has held the office of Su-
pervisor four years; is now Vice-President of the
Queens County Agricultural society; and has always
been a Democrat of the Hard Shell school. In 1855
he married Miss Hannah, daughter of ex-Mayor
Mickle, of New York, and belongs to the Quaker
church. He is the youngest member in the House;
very attentive and industrious in the discharge of his
duties, and never fails to attract, by his fine, frank,



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manly, personal appearance, the attention of the
stranger, on first entering the Assembly chamber.



HARRIS LEWIS.

Mr. Lewis was born in Chenango county, N. Y., and
is about forty years old. He removed into Schuyler,
Herkimer co., when he was quite young, and although
then poor and almost penniless, now owns the farm
on which he then worked as a hired hand. He is
chiefly engaged in farming, but devotes much of his
time to surveying and settling estates. He has for
many years been an active magistrate and a leading
man in his county; was a prominent member of
the Assembly in 1857; and ranks high among his


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