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Chauncey Fitch CLEVELAND

(1799-1887)

CLEVELAND, Chauncey Fitch, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Canterbury, Conn., February 16, 1799; attended the common schools; taught school from the age of fifteen to twenty; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced practice in Hampton; member of the State house of representatives 1826-1829, 1832, 1835, 1836, 1838, 1847, and 1848; served as speaker in 1836 and 1838; State’s attorney in 1832 and State bank commissioner in 1838; moved to Norwich, Conn., in 1841; Governor of Connecticut in 1842 and 1843; resumed the practice of law in Hampton; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); became affiliated with the Republican Party upon its organization; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856 and 1860; member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1863 and 1866 and served as speaker in the former year; engaged in agricultural pursuits and the practice of law; died in Hampton, Windham County, Conn., June 6, 1887; interment in South Cemetery.

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

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