Depew served as a member of the New York State Assembly (1861-62) and as secretary of state for New York (1864-65). He then took a position as lawyer for the New York and Harlem Railroad (1885-98) owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt and became chairman of the board of the entire Vanderbilt railways in 1898. He was a Republican candidate for president in 1888, but supported Benjamin Harrison instead. He also served two terms as Senator for New York (1899-1911). He was also the principal speaker at the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886. His Memoirs were published in 1922.
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My Memories of Eighty Years
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