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Gideon OLIN

(1743-1823)

OLIN, Gideon, (father of Abram Baldwin Olin and uncle of Henry Olin), a Representative from Vermont; born in East Greenwich, Kent County, R.I., November 2, 1743; received a limited schooling; engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Vermont and settled in Shaftsbury in 1776; delegate to the Windsor convention in 1777; member of the State house of representatives in 1778, 1780-1793, and in 1799, serving as speaker 1788-1793; during the Revolutionary War served as a major in the Second Regiment; assistant judge of Bennington County Court 1781-1798 and chief judge 1807-1811; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1791; member of the Governor’s council 1793-1798; elected as a Republican to the Eighth and Ninth Congresses (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1807); resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Shaftsbury, Bennington County, Vt., January 21, 1823; interment in Shaftsbury Center.

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

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