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RAGUET, Condy, merchant, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 January, 1784; died there, 22 March, 1842. He was of French descent, received his education at the University of Pennsylvania, entered the counting-house of a merchant, and was sent as supercargo to Santo Domingo in 1804, where he spent four months. On his return he published "A Short Account of the Present State of Affairs in St. Domingo." After a second voyage to that island in 1805, he published "A Circumstantial Account of the Massacre in St. Domingo." In 1806 he entered business in Philadelphia, and was successful. During the war of 1812 he took an active part in the defence of the city, encamping with a regiment, of which he was colonel, near Wilmington, Delaware After the war he studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Philadelphia in 1820. From 1822 till 1827 he was United States consul in Rio Janeiro, and he was appointed charge d'affaires in 1825, and negotiated a treaty with Brazil. After his return to the United States in 1830 he edited several journals devoted to free-trade doctrines, and contributed largely to the " Port-Folio" and other periodicals upon this subject. He served in the legislature, was president of the chamber of commerce and other organizations, and was a member of the American philosophical society. In 1839 he received the degree of LL.D. from St. Mary's college, Baltimore. He edited "The Free-Trade Advocate" (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1829) ; "The Examiner" (2 vols., 1834-'5) ; and "The Financial Register" (2 vols., !837-'9) ; and was the author of "An Inquiry into the Causes of the Present State of the Circulating Medium of the United States " (Philadelphia, 1815) ; "The Principles of Free Trade" (1835); and a treatise "On Currency and Banking" (1839), which was republished in London (1839), and translated into French (Paris, 1840).
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