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ACTON, Thomas Coxon, banker, born in New York city, 23 February, 1823. He was educated in his native city, was assistant deputy county clerk for three years, and then clerk in the surrogate's office, afterward deputy register for six years, in 1860 became commissioner of the New York metropolitan police, and two years later was president of that board, where he remained for seven years, in which office he did good service in suppressing the draft riots. In 1870 he was appointed superintendent of the United States assay-office, which post ha held for twelve years. He became United States assistant treasurer at New York in 1882, and since 1887 he has been president of the bank of New Amsterdam in that city.
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