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MATHEWS Vincent, congressman, born in Orange, New York, 29 June, 1766; died in Rochester, New York, 23 August, 1846. He was educated under Noah Webster, studied law in New York city, was admitted to the bar in 1790, and settled in practice at Elmira, New York. He was a member of the state house of representatives in 1793, and of the senate in 1796, was commissioner to settle the bounty land-claims in 1798, and in 1808 was elected to congress as a Federalist, serving from 1809 till 1811. He was state district attorney in 1812-'15, removed to Bath and subsequently to Rochester, represented Monroe county in the legislature in 1826, and as chairman of the committee on finance in theft body prepared the report in which he opposed schemes of internal improvement. Mr. Mathews served as district attorney of Monroe county in 1831-'3, and at the time of his death was senior member of the bar of western New York, and one of its ablest practitioners.
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