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ADGATE, Asa, A Representative from New York; born in Canaan, N.Y., November 17, 1767; in 1793 moved to what became known as Adgates Falls, on the Ausable River, then in the township of Peru, Clinton County, N.Y. (now Ausable Chasm, Chesterfield Township, Essex County, N.Y.), where he engaged in the manufacture of iron and agricultural pursuits; upon the organization of the town of Peru in 1793 was elected town clerk and reelected in 1794; supervisor in 1795; assessor in 1796 and 1797; commissioner of schools in 1798; member of the State general assembly from Clinton County in 1798; lieutenant of Infantry, Clinton County, New York Militia, 1793-1800; named by Gov. John Jay, of New York, March 9, 1799, in the first commission of the peace for Essex County, as one of the judges of the court of common pleas and served for several years; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Benjamin Pond and served from June 7, 1815, to March 3, 1817; was not a candidate for renomination in 1816; resumed his former occupations; again a member of the State general assembly from Essex County, in 1823; died at Ausable Chasm, Chesterfield Township, Essex County, N.Y., February 15, 1832; interment in Ausable Chasm Cemetery, Ausable Township, Clinton County, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections

Chicago, IL
Papers: In the Loren M. Knowles Family Papers, 1784-2015, 6.3 linear feet. The Loren M. Knowles Family Papers contain photographs, documents, and letters belonging to Asa Adgate. A finding aid is available online.

State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
Feinberg Library, Special Collections

Plattsburgh, NY
Papers: In the Adgate Family Papers, 1796-1931, 0.2 cubic feet. The collection relates to Matthew Adgate, his son Asa Adgate, Asa's wife and children, and other relatives. A finding aid is available on the website.
Papers: In Miscellaneous Papers of the Adgate Family, 1799-1888, 19 items. Original papers are in the possession of the donor. These papers relate to the Asa Adgate family of Town of Peru, NY.
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