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HOGAN, William, lawyer, born in New York city in 1792; died in Washington, D. C., about 1875. He accompanied his father to the Cape of Good Hope, and there learned the Dutch language. After his return he was graduated at Columbia in 1811, and studied law. Purchasing land in Black River county, he became a pioneer in that region, and did much to develop the country. The town of Hogansport on the St. Lawrence river was named for him. He was for many years a county judge, and in 1830 was elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the national house of representatives. He became an examiner of claims in the department of state at Washington in 1850, and afterward translator. This post, for which he was fitted by travel and study in Europe, he retained till 1869.
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