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Ambrose Spencer (1765-1848) was a lawyer who served in the state assembly (1793-95), as New York’s attorney general (1802-04), as an associate justice of New York’s supreme court (1804-1819), as chief justice of the state supreme court (1819-23), and as mayor of Albany, New York (1824-26). A onetime Federalist, he joined the Republicans in 1798 and formed a close partnership with DeWitt Clinton, two of whose sisters he would marry after the death of his first wife, Laura Canfield (1768-1807).


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