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SARGENT, Nathan, born in Pultney, Vermont, 5 Nay, 1794" died in Washington, D. C., 2 February, 1875. He was educated in his native town, admitted to the bar, and settled in Cahawba, Alabama, in 1816, where he became county and probate judge. He removed to Buffalo, New York, in 1826, and to Philadelphia in 1830, where he established a Whig newspaper. He afterward became Washington correspondent of the "United States Gazette," and was widely known under his pen-name of "Oliver Oldschool." He was sergeant-at-arms of the United States house of representatives in 1849-'51, register of the United States treasury in 1851-'3, and commissioner of customs in 1861-'7. For several subsequent years he was president of the Washington reform-school. He published "Life of Henrv Clay" (New York, 1844), and "Public Men and" Events" (2 vols., 1875).
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