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Nathan BELCHER

(1813-1891)

BELCHER, Nathan, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Preston (now a part of Griswold), Conn., June 23, 1813; completed academic studies; was graduated from Amherst (Mass.) College in 1832; studied law at the Cambridge Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Clinton, Conn.; moved in 1841 to New London, where he engaged in manufacturing tools, hardware, and kitchen utensils; member of the State house of representatives 1846 and 1847; served in the State senate in 1850; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); was not a candidate for renomination in 1854; resumed his former manufacturing pursuits; also engaged in banking; died in New London, New London County, Conn., June 2, 1891; interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

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

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