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DOX, Peter Myndert, lawyer, born in Geneva, Ontario County, New York, 11 September 1813. His maternal grandfather was John Nicholas, a representative in congress during the administrations of Washington and Adams. Peter was graduated at Hobart in 1833, studied law, and was admitted to practice. He was elected to the New York legislature in 1841, and was afterward chosen judge of the Ontario County courts. In 1855 he removed to Alabama, where he became a planter, he was elected to the convention that revised the state constitution in 1865, and took an active interest in restoring Alabama to its place in the Union. From 1869 till 1873 he was a member of congress, having been elected as a Union democrat, and served on the committee on banking and currency. He has held many minor offices, such as commissioner of schools, justice of the peace, etc. He is the author of numerous speeches in congress, including one delivered 6 June 1870, on the admission of Georgia to the Union, the true condition of the south, and in favor of universal amnesty.
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