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KAUFMAN, David Spangler, lawyer, born in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 18 December, 1813; died in Washington, D. C., 13 January, 1851. He was graduated at Princeton in 1833, and studied law in Natchez. Miss. In 1835 he began practice in Natchitoches, Louisiana, but removed to Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1837. He served as a volunteer against the Indians, and was a member of the Texas house of representatives from 1839-'43, when he became a member of the state senate, serving till 1845. In 1844 he presented a report in favor of annexation, and took an active part in its consummation. In 1845 he was appointed charge d'affaires in the United States, but that office was superseded by the act of annexation, and he was elected one of the first members of congress from Texas, serving from 1846 till his death, which took place suddenly.
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