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HATHEWAY, Samuel Gilbert, pioneer, born in Freetown, Massachusetts, in 1780; died in Solon, Corthind County, New York, 2 May, 1867. He was descended from the navigator, Sir Humphrey Gilbert. By the death of his father he became dependent on his own exertions at the age of nine years, worked on several farms, went to sea, and, having saved a small sum of money, set out before he was twenty years of age for western New York, then a wilderness, and purchased three hundred acres of uncleared land in Cortland county. His wisdom, frugality, and industry enabled him in time to accumulate a comfortable property. He was elected justice of the peace in 1810, which office he held forty-three years, represented Cortland in the legislature in 1814 and 1818, was state senator in 1822, and in 1832 was elected to congress as a Democrat, serving in 1833-'5. In 1852 he was a presidential elector. He was greatly interested in military matters, and rose through various grades till he was commissioned major-general of militia in 1823. His personal popularity enabled him to hold in his control almost every executive appointment in his district. He was the friend of Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. At the age of eighty Mr. Hatheway attended the national Democratic convention at Charleston, South Carolina See a memoir of his life by Henry S. Randall (Cortland, New York, 1867).--His son, Samuel Gilbert, soldier, born in Freetown, Massachusetts, 18 January, 1810; died in Solon, New York, 16 April, 1864, was graduated at Union college in 1881, studied law, and in 1883 removed to Elmira, New York, and began practice. He served in the legislature in 1842-'3, declined a renomination in 1844, and resumed practice. He was a defeated candidate for congress in 1856 and in 1862, and the next year entered the army as colonel of the 14th New York regiment. He afterward commanded Abercrombie's division, as acting brigadier-general, but in 1868, the exposures of camp life having produced disease of the heart, he was compelled to resign, and died a few months afterward.
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