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Isaac Hopkins BRONSON

(1802-1855)

BRONSON, Isaac Hopkins, a Representative from New York; born in Rutland, N.Y., October 16, 1802; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1822 and commenced practice in Watertown, Jefferson County, N.Y.; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); chairman, Committee on Territories (Twenty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; appointed judge of the fifth judicial district of New York, April 18, 1838; moved to St. Augustine, Fla., and a number of years later moved to Palatka, Putnam County, Fla.; appointed United States judge for the eastern district of Florida, March 14, 1840; upon the admission of Florida as a State into the Union in 1845 was unanimously chosen as judge for the eastern circuit; appointed United States judge for the district of Florida, August 8, 1846; when the State was divided he retained the judgeship of the northern district and served until his death in Palatka, Fla., on August 13, 1855; interment in the Episcopal Church Cemetery.

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

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