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Moses NORRIS, Jr.

(1799-1855)
Senate Years of Service:
1849-1855
Party:
Democrat

NORRIS, Moses, Jr., a Representative and a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Pittsfield, N.H., November 8, 1799; attended the public schools and the Pittsfield Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1828; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice in Barnstead; returned to Pittsfield in 1834; member, State house of representatives 1837-1840, 1842; member, State council 1841-1842; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); member, State house of representatives 1847-1848, and served as speaker; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1849, until his death; chairman, Committee on Claims (Thirty-first Congress), Committee on Patents and the Patent Office (Thirty-second Congress), Committee on the District of Columbia (Thirty-third Congress); died in Washington, D.C., January 11, 1855; interment in Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield, N.H.

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

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