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LEE, Gideon, merchant, born in Amherst, Massachusetts, 27 April, 1778; died in Geneva, New York, 21 August, 1841. He was a shoemaker by trade, began business on his own account in Worthington, Massachusetts, and, removing to New York city in 1807, entered the leather trade, and, as agent for the Hampshire Leather Manufactory, established an extensive and lucrative business. He was elected to the legislature in 1822, became mayor of New York in 1833, and displayed courage and energy in suppressing the election riots of 1833. He was elected to congress as a Jackson Democrat in 1834 and served till 1837, and in 1840 he was a presidential elector. His son-in-law, Charles M. Leupp, a lover and patron of American art and a member of the Century Club, was associated with him in the leather trade, and succeeded to his business.
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