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David Gelston Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

DAVID GELSTON
Born: 7/4/1744 in Bridgehampton, New York
Died: August 21, 1828 in New York City, New York
Biography
David Gelston was an American politician and public servant, born on July 4, 1744, in Bridgehampton, New York. Gelston held various political roles throughout his career, including serving as a member of the New York State Assembly, a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention, and a New York State Senator. However, he is most known for his role as the Collector of the Port of New York, a position he was appointed to by President Thomas Jefferson in 1801 and held until 1820, serving under President James Madison's administration as well. As the Collector, Gelston was responsible for managing the customs revenue, a major source of the federal government's income at the time. He was known for his strict enforcement of the Embargo Act of 1807, a contentious policy under President Jefferson that also continued under Madison's presidency.

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