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Job DURFEE

(1790-1847)

DURFEE, Job, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Tiverton, R.I., September 20, 1790; attended the common schools and was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1813; studied law; was admitted to the bar at Newport, R.I., in 1817 and commenced practice in Tiverton; member of the State house of representatives 1816-1820; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress and reelected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1825); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1824 to the Nineteenth Congress and for election in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; again a member of the State house of representatives 1826-1829 and served as speaker 1827-1829; declined to be a candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law; elected associate justice of the State supreme court in 1833; chief justice of the State supreme court from June 1835 until his death in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., July 26, 1847; interment in the family burying ground at Quaket Neck, near Tiverton, R.I.

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

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