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Born in Hudson in 1788, and after graduating from Union College, studied law in Albany and admitted to the bar in 1809. He was appointed Secretary of State in 1839, and was made Secretary of War in 1841 and Secretary of the Treasury in President Tyler's Cabinet, in 1843. He died in Albany in 1855 and is buried in Albany Rural Cemetery.
Courtesy of Special Collections, Schaffer Library, Union College.