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HOBBLE, Selah R., lawyer, born in Newburg, New York, 10 March, 1797; died in Washington, D. C., 23 March, 1854. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began to practise at Delhi, Delaware County, where he became district attorney in 1823, holding this office till 1827. He was also brigade-major and inspector of militia. He was a representative in congress from New York as a Democrat from 1827 till 1829. On the accession of General Jackson to the presidency, he was appointed second assistant postmaster-general, which office he held till 1836, when he was made first assistant postmaster-general, and acted in this capacity till 1851, when he resigned. He was first assistant postmaster-general from 1853 till his death.
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