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CLEVELAND, Chauncey Fitch, lawyer and statesman, born in Hampton, Connecticut, 16 February, 1799; died there, 6 June, 1887. He received a common-school education, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1819. He was elected to the legislature in 1826, and served four terms, again elected in 1832, and was state attorney the same year ; again sat in the legislature in 1835-'6, of which body he was twice chosen speaker. He was elected governor of Connecticut in 1842, and re-elected in 1843. He returned to the legislature for the eleventh time in 1847, and in 1849 was elected to congress as a democrat, and re-elected in 1851. He was a presidential elector on the republican ticket in 1860, and at two or three other elections, and was a member of the peace congress of 1861. --His brother, Mason, died in 1855, was state senator, comptroller, and commissioner of the school fund of Connecticut.--Edward Spicer, son of Mason, was the unsuccessful democratic candidate for governor of Connecticut in 1886.
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