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HOSKINS, George Gilbert, congressman, born in Bennington, New York, 24 December, 1824. He engaged in business in Bennington in early life, was town clerk for many years, and justice of the peace from 1851 till 1865. He was postmaster of Bennington through the administration of Taylor and Fillmore, and again under Lincoln. In 1860, 1865, and 1866 he was a member of the legislature, and was speaker of the house in 1865. He was commissioner of public accounts in 1868-'71, and in May, 1871, was appointed by President Grant collector of internal revenue for the 29th district of New York, resigning in 1873 to become a member of congress, having been elected as a Republican. He served till 1877, and was a defeated candidate for re-election in 1878, became lieutenant-governor of New York in 1879, and was a delegate to the Republican convention held in Chicago in 1880
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