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KETCHAM, John H., congressman, born in Dover, Dutchess County, New York, 21 December, 1831. He received a good education, became interested in agriculture, and in 1856-'7 was a member of the state assembly, serving in the senate in 1860-'1. He became colonel of the 150th New York regiment in 1862, brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers, 6 December, 1864, and major-general, 13 March, 1865, and received the full commission of brigadier-general of volunteers on 1 April. He resigned to take his seat in congress, to which he had been elected as a Republican, and served from 1.865 till 1873. He was one of the representatives that were designated by the house to attend the funeral of Gels. Scott in 1866, and during his service was a member of the committees on expenditures in the post office department and military affairs. In 1874-'7 he was one of the commissioners for the District of Columbia, and in 1876 he was a delegate to the Republican national convention. He was elected again to congress in 1876, and has since served by. successive re-elections. His present term will expire in 1889.
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