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Melancton Smith
Member of the Continental Congress 1785-1787

“A representative body, composed principally of
respectable yeomanry, is the best possible security to liberty.
When the interest of this part of the community is pursued,
the public good is pursued, because the body of every nation consists of this class, and because the interest of both the rich
and the poor are involved in that of the middling class.”

Melancton Smith, born in Jamaica, L. I., on May 7, 1744, was educated at home then settled in business in Poughkeepsie, New York.
  He was a delegate to the First Provincial Congress in New York, May 22, 1775; served in the Continental Line Regiment which was organized June 30, 1775; organized and became captain of the Dutchess County Minutemen; secret service commissioner and sheriff of Dutchess County, N.Y., in 1777 and 1778; moved to New York City in 1785 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; Member of the Continental Congress 1785-1787; member of the state ratification convention at Poughkeepsie in 1788; served in the state assembly in 1791; died in New York City July 29, 1798; interment in Jamaica Cemetery, Jamaica, Queens County, N.Y.
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