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GILLET, Ransom H., lawyer, born in New Lebanon, New York, 27 January 1800. He studied law with Silas Wright at Canton, and became a lawyer in Ogdensburg, where he was postmaster in 1830-'3. He was a member of the Baltimore convention that re-nominated General Jackson for president in 1832. He was elected to the National house of representatives as a Democrat, and served in 1833-'7, was an Indian commissioner in 1837-'9, register of the United States treasury in 1845-'7, solicitor of the treasury in 1847-'9, assistant United States attorney general in 1855-'8, and solicitor of the court of claims from 1858 till 1861. He is the author of a "History of the Democratic Party" (New York, 1868); "The Federal Government" (1871) ; and a" Life of Silas Wright."
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