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LYNDE, William Pitt, member of congress, born in Sherburne, New York, 16 December, 1817; died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 18 December, 1885. He was graduated at Yale in 1838, studied law in the law-school at Harvard, was admitted to the bar in New York city in 1841, and established himself in practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and gained a high professional reputation, especially in the departments of commercial and admiralty law. He was appointed attorney general of Wisconsin territory in 1844, and in the following year United States district attorney, which office he held till the admission of the state into the Union, when he was elected to congress as a Democrat, and took his seat on 5 June, 1848. He was a candidate for re-election, but was defeated by Charles Durkee on the Free-soil issue, which they debated in a joint canvass. His term ended on 3 March, 1849, and in that year he was a Democratic candidate for the supreme court bench, but was not elected. He was mayor of Milwaukee in 1860, a member of the legislature in 1866, and of the state senate in 1868-'9. In 1874 he was again sent to congress, and in 1876 was re-elected.
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