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Ebenezer MATTOON

(1755-1843)

MATTOON, Ebenezer, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in North Amherst, Hampshire County, Mass., on August 19, 1755; attended the common schools and received private instruction; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1776; served in the Revolutionary Army and attained the rank of major; taught school and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives in 1781 and 1794; justice of the peace 1782-1796; served in the State senate in 1795 and 1796; served from the rank of captain to that of major general of the Fourth Division, State militia; appointed sheriff of Hampshire County in 1796 and served twenty years; elected as a Federalist to the Sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel Lyman; reelected to the Seventh Congress and served from February 2, 1801, to March 3, 1803; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1812; major general of Massachusetts Militia 1799-1816; adjutant general of the State militia 1816-1818; became totally blind in 1818 and retired from active public life; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1820; died in Amherst, Mass., September 11, 1843; interment in West Cemetery.

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

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