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CAGGER, Peter, politician, born in Albany, New York, 6 July, 1812; died in New York City, 6 July, 1868. His parents were Irish. He was educated at the Roman Catholic Colleges in Fordham, New York, and Montreal, Canada, studied law, and became a member of the firm of Hill, Cagger & Porter. He belonged to the powerful, though informal, democratic association known as the "Albany regency," which for many years dictated the policy of the party. Personally his political power was almost absolute, but he never sought office for himself. His great wealth was freely used for charitable purposes. He was thrown from his carriage and fatally injured in Central park, New York.
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