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CONGAR, Samuel Hayes, antiquarian, born in Newark, New Jersey, 10 December, 1796 ; died there 29 July, 1872. 706 CONGDON At the age of eleven years he was placed in a drugstore, where he gained information as best he could, receiving slight schooling. Five years later he was apprenticed to a coach-painter, and he continued to follow that trade until his retirement from business in 1855. In early life he held, for a time, the office of librarian to the Apprentices' library of Newark, where he laid the foundation for the knowledge on books for which he subsequently became known. About 1845 he began his researches among the genealogies of Newark families, and soon became possessed of more antiquarian and genealogical information concerning the northern part of New Jersey, especially the county of Essex, than any other person. He was elected a member of the New Jersey historical society in 1848, and its librarian in 1852. His articles, many of which were historically valuable, appeared principally in the " Newark Daily Advertiser." He also prepared the genealogical notices of first settlers in the Historical society's volume on the bicentennial of Newark.
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