American statesman. A noted patriot of the Revolutionary War era, Federalist Ezra L’Hommedieu represented New York in the Continental Congress during the years 1779, 1781, 1783, 1787 and 1788. He had also served in the State Assembly, among other local offices, and was an author of the Empire State’s Constitution. Born into a Long Island family of Dutch and French Huguenot ancestry, he had practiced law in New York City after his graduation from Yale in 1754. Widely respected for his integrity and intelligence, he had helped to design the lighthouse at Montauk Point, a project on which he advised George Washington, and had also developed methods of scientific farming, including the use of seashells to fertilize soils. He was serving as Regent of the State University of New York when he died at age 77. He was buried near the grave of his first wife, the former Charity Floyd, whose brother was General William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
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