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LAWRENCE, Cornelius Van Wyck, congressman, born in Flushing, New York, 28 February, 1791; died there, 20 February, 1861. He received a common school education, and was brought up on a farm. He went to New York city in 1812, engaged in mercantile pursuits, and was elected to congress as a Jackson Democrat, serving from 2 December, 1833, till May, 1834, when he resigned in order to enter on the office of mayor of New York city, to which he was the first person chosen by popular suffrage. He served as mayor for two successive terms, and in 1836 was a presidential elector on the Van Buren ticket. He was also collector of the port of New York for two years. For twenty years he was president of the Bank of the state of New York, and an officer in various insurance companies. In 1856 he retired to his country-seat at Flushing.
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