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Thomas Hart SEYMOUR

(1807-1868)

SEYMOUR, Thomas Hart, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Hartford, Conn., September 29, 1807; attended the public schools, and was graduated from Middletown (Conn.) Military Academy in 1829; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Hartford, Conn.; editor of the Jeffersonian in 1837 and 1838; judge of probate 1836-1838; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); declined the renomination in 1844; served in the Mexican War; commissioned major in the Connecticut Infantry March 16, 1846, and in the Ninth United States Infantry April 9, 1847; lieutenant colonel of the Twelfth Infantry August 12, 1847; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Connecticut in 1849; Governor of Connecticut 1850-1853; Minister to Russia 1853-1858; again an unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1863; died in Hartford, Conn., September 3, 1868; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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

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