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TALMADGE, Matthias Burnet, lawyer, born in Stamford, Dutchess County, New York, 1 March, 1774; died in Poughkeepsie, New York, 7 October, 1819. He was graduated at Yale in 1795, studied law with Chief-Justice Spencer at Hudson, New York, and began the practice of his profession at Herkimer. While residing there he represented his county in the legislature, and the western district of New York in the state senate. Having been appointed judge of the United States district court for New York, he removed to New York city, where he won distinction as a jurist. In 1811 he united with the Baptist church in Poughkeepsie, and thenceforth became active in the enterprises of that denomination. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Governor George Clinton.
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