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Gideon BARSTOW

(1783-1852)

BARSTOW, Gideon, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Mattapoisett, Plymouth County, Mass., September 7, 1783; attended the common schools and Brown University, Providence, R.I., 1799-1801; studied medicine; was admitted to practice and settled in Salem, Essex County, Mass.; member of the State constitutional convention in 1820; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1823); was not a candidate for renomination in 1822; member of the State house of representatives in 1823, 1829, 1833, and 1837; served in the State senate in 1827 and 1834; presidential elector on the Whig ticket of Clay and Sergeant in 1832; because of ill health moved to St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Fla., and engaged in mercantile pursuits; died in St. Augustine, Fla., March 26, 1852; interment in Huguenot Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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