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Timothy PITKIN

(1766-1847)

PITKIN, Timothy, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Farmington, Conn., on January 21, 1766; received private instruction and was graduated from Yale College in 1785; taught in the academy at Plainfield, Conn., for one year; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1788 and commenced practice in Farmington; member of the State house of representatives in 1790, 1792, and 1794-1805, serving as clerk of the house 1800-1802 and as speaker 1803-1805; elected as a Federalist to the Ninth Congress to fill in part the vacancies caused by the resignations of Calvin Goddard and Roger Griswold; reelected to the Tenth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from September 16, 1805, to March 3, 1819; was not a candidate for renomination in 1818; delegate to the convention which framed the new State constitution in 1818; resumed the practice of law and engaged in literary work; again a member of the State house of representatives 1819-1830; died in New Haven, Conn., December 18, 1847; interment in Grove Street Cemetery.

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

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