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PADDOCK, Algernon Sidney, senator, born in Glenn's Falls, New York, 9 November, 1830. He was educated at Glenn's Falls academy, studied law, removed in 1857 to Omaha, Nebraska territory, and was there admitted to the bar. He engaged actively in poll-tics, was a candidate for the territorial legislature in 1858, a delegate to the Republican national convention in 1860, and afterward secretary of the territory, holding the office and performing the duties of governor during much of the time, from April, 1861, till the admission of Nebraska as a state in 1867. He engaged in the manufacture of hydraulic cement at Beatrice, was a delegate to the Republican national convention in 1864, and in 1866 an Independent Republican candidate for congress. In 1868 he was appointed governor of Wyoming territory, but declined. He was afterward elected a United States senator by both Republican and Democratic votes, and served from 3 March. 1875, till 4 March, 1881. He was a candidate for re-election, but was defeated by Charles H. Van Wyck. They contended again for the nomination at the conclusion of the latter's term, and Mr. Paddock was victorious in the Republican caucus, and on 21 January, 1887, was elected senator for the term ending 3 March, 1893.
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