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BUEL, Jesse, agriculturist, born in Coventry, Connecticut, 4 January, 1778; died in Danbury, Connecticut, 6 October, 1839. He was originally a printer. He began the Troy "Budget" in 1797, and the Poughkeepsie "Guardian" in 1801, failed, and removed to Kingston, New York, where He edited the " Plebeian," removed to Albany in 1813, and established the "Argus," which he edited until 1821, when he retired to a farm on an elevated and sandy tract near Albany, which was unproductive under the prevailing system of cultivation, but which he made one of the best farms in the state by deeper tillage and the application of fertilizers. He was In 1823 a member of the state assembly, for many years a judge, Whig candidate for governor in 1836, and at the time of his death a regent of the state university. In 1834 he established the "Cultivator," which exerted great influence among agriculturists, and was the means of effecting many improvements in husbandry. He delivered numerous addresses and published the "Farmer's Instructor," in ten volumes, and the "Farmer's Companion, or Essays on the Principles and Practice of American Husbandry" (New York, 1839).
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