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Simon Boerum

Death: Jul 11, 1775

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Simon Boerum

Date of Death : Jul 11, 1775
Birth Place : United States of America

Simon Boerum was a farmer, miller, and political leader from Brooklyn, New York. He represented New York in the Continental Congress in 1774 and 1775. Boerum's family settled on Long Island when it was a part of the Dutch Colony of New Netherland. His parents were William Jacob Boerum and Rachel Boerum, who farmed in the town of New Lots, in Kings County, New York, which is now part of Brooklyn. Simon was born there on 29 February 1724, and was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church on 8 March. He attended and graduated from the Dutch school in Flatbush. Simon farmed and operated a mill in Flatbush. In 1748 he also bought a home and garden at what is today is the southwest corner of Fulton and Hoyt streets in downtown Brooklyn. On 30 September of that year he married Maria Schenck and the house became their home for the rest of their lives. In 1750, Governor Clinton appointed Simon Boerum the County Clerk for Kings County. He would hold that office for the rest of his life, as well as a seat in the Province of New York Assembly after 1761. In 1774, the Assembly could not reach agreement about the Continental Congress.

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