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CONY, Samuel, jurist, born in Augusta, Maine, 27 February, 1811; died there, 5 October, 1870. He was graduated at Brown in 1829, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1832, and engaged in practice at Old-town, Maine He was elected to the legislature in 1835, in 1839 was chosen a member of Governor Fairfield's executive council, and from 1840 till 1847 was judge of probate for Penobscot county. In 1847 he was appointed land-agent, and in 1850 elected state treasurer, an office which he retained for five years. In 1850 he removed to Augusta. Up to 1861 he acted with the Democratic Party, but, being rejected by the section of his party that was opposed to the war, he was in 1862 elected to the legislature as a war democrat, and in 1863 chosen governor. His administration was so admirable and efficient that he was twice re-elected by large majorities. He was offered a renomination in 1867, but the impaired state of his health forced him to decline.
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