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CRAGIN, Aaron H., senator, born in Weston, Vermont, 3 February, 1821. He received a common-school education, studied law, and was admitted to the bar at Albany, New York, in 1847. He removed to Lebanon, New Hampshire, and began practice in that year, was elected to the New Hampshire legislature in 1852, and served till 1855, when he entered congress, having been chosen by the American party. He was reelected in 1856, and served till 3 March, 1859. He was returned to the legislature in that year, and was a delegate to the Republican national convention at Chicago in 1860. In 1865 he was elected United States senator from New Hampshire, and served as chairman of the committee on contingent expenses of the senate ; was re-elected to the senate in 1871, and was chairman of the committee on naval affairs. He was one of the commissioners appointed for the sale of the Hot Springs of Arkansas.
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