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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Dayton, Elias, 1737-1807 Military officer; born in Elizabethtown, N. J., in July, 1737; fought with the Jersey Blues under Wolfe at Quebec; was member of the committee of safety at the beginning of the Revolution, and became colonel of the 3d New Jersey Regiment. He served in New York and New Jersey; fought in several battles, the last at Yorktown, and in January, 1783, was made a brigadier-general. He was a member of Congress in 1787-88, and was afterwards in the New Jersey legislature. He died in Elizabethtown, July 17, 1807.