SPENCER, ELIJAH, a Representative from New York; born in Columbia County, N.Y., in 1775;
received a limited education; moved to Jerusalem (later Benton), N.Y., in 1791 and engaged in
agricultural pursuits; supervisor of the town of Benton 1810-1819; member of the state assembly in
1819; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1823); again
supervisor of Benton 1826-1828; member of the state constitutional convention in 1846; resumed
agricultural pursuits; died in Benton, N.Y., December 15, 1852; interment in Lake View Cemetery,
Penn Yan, N.Y.