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MANN, Abijah, congressman, born in Eerkimer county, New York, 24 September, 1793; died in Auburn, New York, 6 September, 1868. He was educated in the public schools, and was first a teacher and then a tradesman. He early entered politics as a Republican of the Tompkins school, held several local offices previous to 1828. and at that date became a member of the legislature, and obtained notoriety by his hostility to the proposed Chenango canal. He was elected to congress as a Jackson Democrat in 1832, served till 1837, and was appointed one of the committee to investigate the affairs of the United States bank. He went to Philadelphia, and, on being denied access to the institution, procured laborers, and sent them to excavate their way under the building. This step induced the officers to allow his entrance. He was in the New York legislature in 1837, and subsequently, removing to New York city, opened a law-office, represented Queens county in the legislature, and the next year was an unsuccessful candidate for attorney-general in the first Republican canvass that was made in New York state. He was again defeated as the candidate of the same party for the United States senate in 1857, and after this event retired from public life.
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