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ROOT, Erastus, congressman, born in Hebron, Connecticut, 16 March, 1773; died in New York city, 24 December, 1846. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1793, studied law in his native town, and in 1796 settled in practice in Delhi, New York He was in the legislature in 1798-1802, and a member of congress in 1803-'5, in 1809-'11, in 1812-'15, and in 1831-'3. He was subsequently returned repeatedly to the assembly, was lieutenant-governor in 1820-'2, and state senator in 1840-'4. For many years he was major-general of state militia. Mr. Root was an ardent Democrat of the George Clinton school and an able and popular politician. Halleck celebrated him in one of the " Croakers." Mr. Root published "Addresses to the People " (New York, 1824).
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