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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesNew Hampshire

Joseph CILLEY

(1791-1887)
Senate Years of Service:
1846-1847
Party:
Liberty

CILLEY, Joseph, (nephew of Bradbury Cilley and brother of Jonathan Cilley), a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Nottingham, Rockingham County, N.H., January 4, 1791; attended the common schools and graduated from Atkinson Academy, New Hampshire; engaged in agricultural pursuits; served in the New Hampshire Regiment, United States Infantry 1812-1816, attained the brevetted rank of captain; quartermaster of New Hampshire in 1817; division inspector in 1821; aide-de-camp to the Governor in 1827; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Levi Woodbury and served from June 13, 1846, until March 3, 1847; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846; retired to his farm in Nottingham, N.H., and died there September 16, 1887; interment in the General Joseph Cilley Burying Ground in Nottingham Square.

Bibliography

Scales, John. Life of General Joseph Cilley. New Hampshire: Standard Book Co., 1921.

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

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