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Delano, Columbuslocked

(05 June 1809–23 October 1896)
  • Phyllis F. Field


Delano, Columbus (05 June 1809–23 October 1896), congressman and secretary of the interior, was born in Shoreham, Vermont, the son of James Delano and Lucinda Bateman. James died when Columbus was six, and Columbus came under the care of his uncle Luther Bateman, a farmer, with whose family he moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1817. Although obliged to work at an early age, he obtained sufficient schooling to study law in the office of Hosmer Curtis and was admitted to the bar in 1831. To supplement his practice he sought appointment as county prosecutor and, when that office became elective in 1832, won a three-year term, running as a National Republican. He resigned in his second term when his law practice had become larger. In 1834 he married Elizabeth Leavenworth, with whom he had two children....

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