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HALL, Nathan Kelsey, statesman, born in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York, 10 March, 1810; died in Buffalo, New York, 2 March, 1874. He was the son of a New England shoemaker, who emigrated to central New York in the early part of the century. In 1818 the family moved to Erie county, New York, where young Hall worked on a farm and occasionally at his father's trade. He was educated in the country district schools, and at the age of eighteen became a student in the office of Millard Fillmore, who was then a practising attorney at Aurora, New York In 1832 he was admitted to the bar and to a co-partnership with his preceptor, who in the mean time had removed to Buffalo. In 1836, Solomon G. Haven was admitted as a member of the firm. Mr. Hall was deputy clerk of Erie county in 1831-'2, clerk of the board of supervisors in 1832-'8, city attorney in 1833-'4, and alderman in 1837. He was appointed master in chancery by Governor Seward in 1839, and judge of the court of common pleas in 1841. In 1845 he was elected to the assembly, and before the expiration of his term was chosen a representative in congress as a Whig, serving in 1847-'9. He declined a renomination, preferring the practice of his profession to public life. In 1850 Mr. Hall was appointed postmaster-general by President Fillmore, and in 1852 he became United States judge for the northern district of New York, which office he filled till his death, making a creditable record in judicial administration.
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