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BLODGETT, Rufus, senator, born in Dorchester, New Hampshire, 9 October, 1834. He studied in local schools and academies, and at the age of eighteen was apprenticed to the Amoskeag locomotive works, at Manchester, New Hampshire, where he learned the trade of a machinist. In 1866 he removed to New Jersey and engaged in the railroad business. From 1874 till 1884 he was superintendent of the New Jersey southern railroad, and in the latter year was appointed superintendent of the New York and Long Branch railroad, which place he still holds. Senator Blodgett is also president of the Long Branch city bank. He was a member of the New Jersey legislature in 1878-'80, and was a delegate to the Democratic national convention in 1880. In 1887 he was elected as a Democrat to the United States senate, and took his seat on 4 March of that year.
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