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Samuel EDDY

(1769-1839)

EDDY, Samuel, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Johnston, near Providence, R.I., March 31, 1769; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1787; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1790 and practiced a short time in Providence; clerk of the Rhode Island Supreme Court 1790-1793; secretary of state 1798-1819; elected as Republican to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses, and reelected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1825); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1824 to the Nineteenth Congress and for election in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; associate justice of the State supreme court in 1826 and 1827, and served as chief justice 1827-1835; died in Providence, R.I., February 3, 1839; interment in North End Cemetery.

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

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