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HAMMOND, Jabez D., author, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, 2 August, 1778; died in Cherry Valley, New York, 18 August, 1855. With a limited education he taught at fifteen, studied and practised medicine in Reading, Vermont, in 1799, and in 1805 was admitted to the bat" and settled at Cherry Valley, New York He was elected to congress as a Democrat, serving from 4 December, 1815, till 3 March, 1817, was state senator from 1817 till 1821, and in 1822 removed to Albany, where he practised his profession until 1830. From 1825 till 1826 he served as a commissioner to settle the claims of New York on the Federal government. In 1831 he visited Europe for his health, and on his return again settled in Cherry Valley. He was chosen county judge in 1838, and was one of the regents of the University of New York from 1845 until his death. Although he was a Democrat, he supported John Quincy Adams for the presidency. In 1845 Hamilton college conferred upon him the degree of LL.D. He is the author of " The Political History of New York to December, 1840" (2 vols., Albany, 1843; vol. iii., Syracuse); " Life and Opinions of Julius Melbourn" (Syracuse, New York, 1847); "Life of Silas Wright" (1848); and "Evidence, Independent of Written Revelation, of the Immortality of the Soul" (Albany, 1851).
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