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CONY, Daniel, jurist, born in that part of Stoughton, Massachusetts. that is now Sharon, 3 August, 1752; died in Augusta, , Maine, 21 January, 1842. His grandfather, Nathanael, came from England to Massachusetts in the latter part of the 17th century and settled in Boston, but in 1728 went to Stoughton. Daniel removed in 1778 to "Fort Western settlement" (now Augusta, Maine). He had prepared himself before leaving Massachusetts for the profession of medicine, and was a successful practitioner for many years. He was in public life for several successive years as representative and senator in the general court and as a member of the executive council, and he was one of the electors that chose Washington president for his second term. He held the office of judge of the court of common pleas and of judge of probate from Kennebec county, and was a delegate to the convention that framed the constitution of Maine. Judge Cony in 1815 founded and liberally endowed the Cony female academy in Augusta (now the Cony high-school). His daughter married Nathan Weston, chief justice of common pleas in Massachusetts in 1810-'20, and subsequently chief justice and associate justice of the supreme court of Maine in 1820-'41, and a daughter by this marriage was the mother of Melville W. Fuller, chief justice of the United States.
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