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Jacob Aaron Cantor

(1854 - 1921)

CANTOR, Jacob Aaron, a Representative from New York; born in New York City December 6, 1854; attended the public schools; reporter on the New York World for several years; was graduated from the law department of the College of the City of New York in 1875; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York City; served in the State assembly 1885-1887; member of the State senate 1887-1898 and served as president in 1893 and 1894; elected president of the Borough of Manhattan in 1901; declined to be a candidate for renomination; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Francis Burton Harrison and served from November 4, 1913, to March 3, 1915; unsuccessfully contested the election of Isaac Siegel to the Sixty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law in New York City; president of the Tax Commission Board of New York City at the time of his death there on July 2, 1921; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mount Hope, Westchester County, N.Y.

Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress