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Victory BIRDSEYE

(1782-1853)

BIRDSEYE, Victory, a Representative from New York; born in Cornwall, Conn., December 25, 1782; attended the public schools, and was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1804; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1807 and commenced practice in Pompey Hill, Onondaga County, N.Y.; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); was not a candidate for renomination in 1816; postmaster of Pompey Hill 1817-1838; district attorney of Onondaga County 1818-1833; master of chancery of Onondaga County 1818-1822; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1821; member of the State assembly 1823 and 1838-1840; served in the State senate in 1827; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); was not a candidate for renomination in 1842; resumed the practice of law; died in Pompey, Onondaga County, N.Y., September 16, 1853; interment in Pompey Hill Cemetery.

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

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