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Joseph KIRKLAND

(1770-1844)

KIRKLAND, Joseph, a Representative from New York; born in Newent Society, in the present town of Lisbon (then part of Norwich), Conn., January 18, 1770; was graduated from Yale College in 1790; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1794 and commenced practice in New Hartford, Oneida County, N.Y.; member of the state assembly in 1804 and 1805; moved to Utica, N.Y., in 1813; district attorney for the fifth district of New York 1813-1816; again served in the state assembly in 1818, 1820, 1821, and 1825; elected as a Federalist to the Seventeenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1823); resumed the practice of law; mayor of Utica 1832-1836; died in Utica, Oneida County, N.Y., January 26, 1844; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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

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