Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Born at Farmington, Ct., January 21st, 1766; educated at Yale-College where he graduated in 1785; read law first with Oliver Ellsworth, Esq., and afterwards, for a short time, with William Judd, Esq., of Farmington. He was admitted to the bar, at Hartford, in 1788, and immediately commenced the practice of law in his native place. In May, 1790, he was a representative from the town of Farmington, in the General Assembly; and between that time and October, 1805, he was elected to that station twenty-two times, being clerk of the house at four sessions, and speaker, at six. In December, 1805, he took his seat in the Congress of the United States, as a representative from this state, and retained that seat, by successive elections, until March, 1819.
He, with Gov. Treadwell as his colleague, was a member of the convention that formed the Constitution of this state and was afterwards a representative from the town of Farmington in the General Assembly, in the years 1820, 1, 2 and 3.
Much of his time, while he was in Congress, and for some years afterwards, was devoted to the statistics and history of his country. In 1816, he published his "Statistical View of the Commerce of the United States;" of which a second edition was printed the next year. In 1828, he published his "Political and Civil History of the United States, from the peace of 1763, to the close of President Washington's administration in 1797." In 1829, the corporation of Yale-College conferred on him the honourary degree of LL. D.
He continued to reside at Farmington until some time in the year 1835, when he removed to New-Haven, and remained there one year; at the expiration of which, he removed to Utica, N. Y., here he still resides, in the family of his daughter.