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New York as the Seat of Government
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New York City Rep. John Laurance New York City Representative John Laurance
by John Trumbull
(Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)

When the First Federal Congress convened, the first congressional election was still going on in New York State. Although most of New York's residents considered themselves Federalists, a lively election contest took place on the question of whether a merchant or a lawyer would best represent the city's interests. The victor, lawyer John Laurance, became the most active member of the state's delegation to the House of Representatives.

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