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Sylvester GILBERT

(1755-1846)

GILBERT, Sylvester, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Hebron, Tolland County, Conn., October 20, 1755; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1775; studied law; was admitted to the bar in November 1777 and commenced practice in Hebron; member of the State house of representatives 1780-1812; State’s attorney for Tolland County 1786-1807; chief judge of the county court and judge of the probate court 1807-1818; principal of a law school 1810-1818; member of the State senate in 1815 and 1816; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Uriel Holmes and served from November 16, 1818, to March 3, 1819; resumed the practice of law in Hebron; again judge of the county court 1820-1825; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1826; died in Hebron, Conn., January 2, 1846; interment in Old Cemetery.

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

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