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Reuben Hyde WALWORTH

(1788-1867)

WALWORTH, Reuben Hyde, a Representative from New York; born in Bozrah, Conn., October 26, 1788; moved to New York with his parents, who settled on a farm near Hoosick in 1796; attended the common schools; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1809 and commenced practice in Plattsburgh in 1810; master in chancery and circuit judge in 1811; served in the War of 1812; aide-de-camp to Gen. Benjamin Mooers and division judge advocate with rank of colonel; elected to the Seventeenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1823); was not a candidate for renomination in 1822; judge of the fourth judicial district of New York 1823-1828; moved to Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, N.Y., in October 1828; chancellor of the State of New York from 1828 to 1848, when the office of chancellor was abolished; unsuccessful candidate for election as Governor in 1848; appointed as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court by President Tyler in 1844, but was not confirmed by the Senate; died in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., November 27, 1867; interment in Greenridge Cemetery.

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

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