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SACKETT, William Augustus, congressman, born in Aurelius, Cayuga County, New York, 18 November, 1812. His ancestors came from England in 1682, settled in Massachusetts, and continued to live in New England until 1804, when his father moved to Cayuga county, New York He received an academic education, studied law in Seneca Falls and Skane-ateles, was admitted to the bar in 1834, and soon secured a lucrative practice. Elected to congress as a Whig, he served from 3 December, 1849, till 3 March, 1853. He took part in the controversy in relation to the admission of California as a free state, and both spoke and voted for admission. He earnestly opposed the fugitive-slave law, and was uncompromisingly in opposition to slavery and the admission of any more slave states. From the committee on claims he made a report on the power of consuls, which had an influence in the final modification of those powers. He removed to Saratoga Springs in 1857, where he still resides. In 1876-'8 he travelled extensively in Europe, Egypt, and the Holy Land, and wrote letters describing his journeys that were published. He has been a Republican since the organization of the party, and has been active as a public speaker. --His son. WILLIAM, was colonel of the 9th New York cavalry, and was killed while leading a charge under General Sheridan at Trevillian Station, Virginia
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