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CAMBRELENG, Churchill C., congressman, born in Washington, North Carolina, in 1786; died in West Neck, L. I., 30 April, 1862. He received an academical education at Newbern, North Carolina, removed in 1802 to New York City, and in 1806 was a counting-house clerk in Providence, Rhode Island He then returned to New York, where he subsequently resided. He engaged at an early day in mercantile pursuits with John Jacob Astor, traveling extensively over the world. He was member of congress from New York from 1821 till 1839, and chairman of the committees on commerce, ways and means, and foreign affairs. He was renominated by the democrats in 1838, but was defeated. After leaving congress, he went abroad, and, while traveling there, was appointed minister to Russia, serving from 20 May, 1840, till 13 July, 1841. After his return to this country he was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1846. Of his numerous reports and political pamphlets, that on commerce and navigation (New York, 1830) passed through several editions, and was republished in London. William Cullen Bryant, in a letter written 29 January, 1832, describes a call at the White House made with Mr. Cambreleng during Jackson's administration.
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