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HEATON, David, politician, born in Hamilton. Ohio, 10 March, 1823; died in Washington, D. C., 25 June, 1870. He received an academic education, read law, and was admitted to practice. In 1855 he was elected to the state senate of Ohio. In the fall of 1857 he removed to Minnesota, and was elected to the state senate three times. He was appointed in 1863 by See. Chase as special agent of the treasury department, and United States depositary at Newbern, North Carolina, and afterward third auditor in the treasury department, but declined. He became president of the National bank of Newbern in the fall of 1865. Mr. Heaton was the author of the Republican platform adopted at Raleigh, 27 March, 1867, and contributed largely to Republican papers. He was elected to the Constitutional convention of North Carolina in 1867, and was chairman of the committee on the bill of rights. He was elected a representative in congress from North Carolina in April, 1868, and was re-elected in the autumn of that year, serving from 15 July, 1868, till the time of his death.
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