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Loren Pinckney WALDO

(1802-1881)

WALDO, Loren Pinckney, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Canterbury, Conn., February 2, 1802; attended the common schools; taught school; engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Tolland, Conn., in 1823; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Somers; superintendent of schools; postmaster of Somers in 1829 and 1830; returned to Tolland in 1830; member of the State house of representatives 1832-1834 and in 1839; clerk of the State house of representatives in 1833; State’s attorney 1837-1849; judge of probate for Tolland district in 1842 and 1843; member in 1847 of the committee to revise the statutes; a member of the State house of representatives in 1847 and 1848; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Thirty-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; commissioner of the school fund of Connecticut; Commissioner of Pensions under President Pierce from March 17, 1853, until January 10, 1856, when he resigned to become judge of the superior court of Connecticut 1856-1863; moved to Hartford, Conn., and resumed the practice of his profession; again a member of a committee to revise the statutes, in 1864; died in Hartford, Conn., September 8, 1881; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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

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