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Laban WHEATON

(1754-1846)

WHEATON, Laban, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Mansfield, Bristol County, Mass., on March 13, 1754; attended Wrentham (Mass.) Academy; was graduated from Harvard College in 1774; studied theology under private instructor at Woodstock, Conn.; also studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1788 and commenced practice in Milton, Mass.; judge of the Bristol County Court; member of the State house of representatives 1803-1808 and again in 1825; elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1817); appointed chief justice of the court of common pleas of Bristol County May 18, 1810, which position he held until appointed chief justice of the court of sessions on May 25, 1819, for life; died in Norton, Bristol County, Mass., March 23, 1846; interment in Norton Cemetery.

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

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