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DOWNING Samuel, soldier, born near Exeter, N. Y., in 1766 : died near Amsterdam, New York, 18 February 1867. He enlisted in the Continental army in 1780, and served for three years. He received a pension in 1818 of eight dollars a month, but this was taken from him in 1820 on account of his possession of property, and in 1828 was made $80 per annum, increased in 1864 by the addition of $100 per annum, and in 1865 by the further addition of $300 per annum. By special act of 18 February 1867, the day of his death, Congress directed that he be paid a pension of $500 per annum.
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