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DOUBLEDAY, Ulysses Freeman, congressman, born in New Lebanon, Connecticut, 15 December 1792; died in Belvidere, Illinois, 10 March 1866. His father fought at Bunker Hill and Stony Point, and was confined for some time in the Jersey prison ship during the revolution. Ulysses was apprenticed to a printer in 1809, worked at the trade with Thurlow Weed at Cooperstown, New York, and in 1812 served for some months against the British at Sackett's Harbor. After working in Utica and Albany he went to Ballston Spa, New York, in 1816, where he established and edited the "Saratoga Courier." he removed to Auburn in 1819, and published and edited the "Cayuga Patriot" there for twenty years. He was chosen to congress as a Jackson Democrat, serving two terms, in 1831'3 and 1835'7. He became a farmer in Scipio, Cayuga County, New York, in 1837, but in 1846 went to New York City, where, in company with his brother Elisha he opened a stationery store in John Street, and became well known as a bookseller.
His son, Thomas Donnelly Doubleday, born in Albany, New York, 18 February 1816; died in New York City, 9 May 1864, was engaged in the book trade, and in 1862 became colonel of the 4th New York artillery. He was run over by an omnibus in Broadway, New York, and fatally injured.
Another son, Ulysses Doubleday, soldier, born in Auburn, New York, 31 August 1824, was educated at the academy in his native town. He became major in the 4th New York artillery, 23 January 1862, lieutenant colonel of the 3d U. S. colored troops, 15 September 1863, and colonel of the 45th colored troops, 8 October 1864. he commanded brigade at the battle of Five Forks, and was brevetted brigadier general of volunteers, 11 March 1865, for his gallantry there. General Doubleday was for many years a member of the stock exchange in New York City.
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