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LAPHAM, Elbridge Gerry, senator, born in Farmington, Ontario County, New York, 18 October, 1814. 1]is early life was spent on a farm, and He received a common school education, working in the summer to aid in supporting his family. After completing his studies at the Canandaigua academy, where he was a classmate of Stephen A. Douglas, he studied civil engineering and followed his profession on the Michigan Southern railroad. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844, and practised in Canandaigua. He was elected to the Constitutional convention of New York in 1867, and in 1874 he was chosen to congress as a Republican, serving till 1881. In that year, he was elected to the United States senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Roscoe Conkling, for the term ending in 1885.
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