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Theodore DWIGHT

(1764-1846)

DWIGHT, Theodore, (cousin of Aaron Burr), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Northampton, Mass., December 15, 1764; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1787 and began practice in Haddam, Conn.; moved to Hartford, Conn., in 1791 and continued the practice of law; editor of the Hartford Courant and of the Connecticut Mirror; member of the State council 1909-1815; elected as a Federalist to the Ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Cotton Smith and served from December 1, 1806, to March 3, 1807; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1806; secretary of the Hartford Convention in 1814; moved to Albany, N.Y., in 1815; published the Albany Daily Advertiser 1815-1817; moved to New York City in 1817 and established the New York Daily Advertiser, with which he was connected until the great fire of 1835; returned to Hartford, Conn., and resided there until about three years before his death, when he returned to New York City; died in New York City, June 12, 1846; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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

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