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Chauncey Mitchell Depew (April 23, 1834 - April 5, 1928) was an attorney for Cornelius Vanderbilt's railroad interests, president of the New York Central Railroad System, and a United States Senator from New York from 1899 to 1911. After graduating from Yale, Depew entered the office of Edward Wells, a lawyer in Peekskill, as a student. Depew then read law with William Nelson of Peekskill, New York, from 1856-58. He was admitted to the bar in March 1858; opened an office and practiced in Peekskill until 1861. For a few months, Depew engaged in the brokerage business in New York City as a member of the firm Depew and Potter, but then resumed his law practice in Peekskill.