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GERMAN, Obadiah, senator, born in Dutchess County, New York, in 1767; died in Norwich, N. g., 24 September, 1842. He received an academic education, and removed in 1792 to Norwich, New York He was a member of the assembly in 1798, 1804-'5, and 1807-'9. He was then elected to the United States senate as a Democrat, serving from 22 May, 1809, till 2 March, 1815. He voted against declaring war with Great Britain, but, after hostilities had been begun, he did all in his power to support the war measures of the administration. He was again elected a member of the assembly in 1819, and chosen speaker. He was also first judge of Chenango County for several years, and was subsequently loan commissioner and brigadier-general of militia. Later in life he became a zealous Whig.
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