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ABBETT, Leon, governor of New Jersey, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 October, 1836. He was educated in his native city, studied law, and settled in Philadelphia, but subsequently removed to New York city, entered into partnership with William J. A Fuller, and took high rank at the bar. He settled in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1862, and served in the New Jersey legislature in 1865-'6 and 1869-'70, being twice speaker. He was chairman of the Democratic state convention in 1868, president of the state board of education in 1869, a member of the state senate in 1875-'7, and governor of New Jersey in 1884-'6. He was chairman of the state delegation to the National Democratic conventions in 1872, 1876, and 1880, and in 1888-'9 he was a candidate for the United States senate.
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