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Thomas Jackson OAKLEY

(1783-1857)

OAKLEY, Thomas Jackson, a Representative from New York; born near Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, N.Y., November 10, 1783; was graduated from Yale College in 1801; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1804 and commenced practice in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; surrogate of Dutchess County in 1810 and 1811; elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); member of the state assembly in 1816 and 1818-1820; attorney general of New York in 1819; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth Congress and served from March 4, 1827, until May 9, 1828, when he resigned to go on the bench; judge of the superior court of New York City 1828-1847; appointed chief justice in October 1847 and served until his death in New York City May 11, 1857; interment in Trinity Churchyard.

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

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