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Augustus Schell (August 1, 1812 – March 27, 1884) was a New York politician and lawyer. Schell was born in Rhinebeck, New York and was educated at Rhinebeck Academy and Wesleyan Seminary. He was graduated in 1830 from Union College with Phi Beta Kappa hobnors and membership in The Kappa Alpha Society. He started out as an early expert in the then new field of corporate law and through his profession became active in railroad management. A friend of Cornelius Vanderbilt, he gradually expanded his railroad connections through investments as well as legal counsel. An active Democrat, he joined Tammany Hall where after William M. Tweed's fall, he became Grand Sachem in 1872 He was Chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1860 and from 1872-1876.




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