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William Collins was a United States Representative from New Yorkmarker. He was born in Lowville on February 22, 1818. He was the son of Ela Collins, a prominent politician from the State. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice there. He served as district attorney for Lewis Countymarker, and was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1848. Collins moved to Cleveland, Ohiomarker in 1853 and continued the practice of law, where he also engaged in banking. He served as a director of the Lake Shore Railroad and East Cleveland Railroad. He affiliated with the Republican Party upon its organization in 1856, and died in Cleveland on June 18, 1878. His interment was in Lake View Cemetery.

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