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COLLAMER, Jacob, senator, born in Troy, New York, 8 January, 1791; died in Woodstock, Vermont, 9 November, 1865. In childhood he removed with his father to Burlington, and, earning his own support, was graduated at the University of Vermont in 1810, studied law at St. Albans, made the frontier campaign as a lieutenant of artillery in the militia, and was admitted to the bar at St. Albans in 1813. Until 1833 he practiced law in Washington, Orange, and Windsor counties, Vermont, and in 1821-'2 and 1827-'8 represented the town of Royal-ton in the assembly. In 1833 he was elected an associate jus-rice of the Supreme Court of Vermont, and continued on the bench until 1842, when he declined a reelection. In 1843 he was chosen as a Whig to represent the 2d district in congress, was reelected in 1844 and 1846, but in 1848declined to be again a candidate. In March, 1849, he was appointed post-master-general by President Taylor, but on the death of the president resigned with the rest of the cabinet. He was soon afterward again elected judge of the Supreme Court of Vermont:, holding that office until 1854, when he was chosen United States senator, which office he held at the time of his death. He served as chairman of the committee on post-offices and post-roads, and was also chairman of that on the library.
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