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DIVEN, Alexander S., lawyer, born in Catherine, Tioga County, New York, 15 February 1809. He received an academical education, and studied law. After his admission to the bar he settled in Elmira, and acquired a large practice. He was elected a state senator in 1858, and then was sent to congress as a Republican, serving from 4 July 1861, till 3 March 1863. Soon afterward he entered the volunteer army, becoming captain in May 1863, and rose till he was made brevet brigadier general in August 1864. In January 1865, he resigned his commission and returned to Elmira. Subsequently he became vice president of the Erie railway company.
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