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Lewis BIGELOW

(1785-1838)

BIGELOW, Lewis, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Petersham, Worcester County, Mass., August 18, 1785; was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1803; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Petersham; member of the State senate 1819-1821; editor of the first seventeen volumes of Massachusetts Reports and of a digest of six volumes of Pickering’s Reports; elected as a Federalist to the Seventeenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1823); moved to Peoria, Ill., in 1831 and continued the practice of law; interested in the real estate business and in the operation of ferry boats; served as justice of the peace; appointed clerk of the circuit court of Peoria County, November 26, 1835, and served until his death in Peoria, Ill., October 2, 1838; interment presumed to be in the Old Centre Cemetery, Petersham, Mass.

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

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