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Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949



This database is a directory to all the biographies of those individuals who served in the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1788, and The Congress of the United States from 1789 to 1949. The entries are in alphabetical order and each entry includes, where possible, the following information: name, place of birth and death, education, political offices and positions held, length of service, membership and leadership in committees and institutions, and noteworthy accomplishments.

Source Information: Biographical Directory of the American Congress [database online]. Orem, UT:, Inc., 1998. Original data: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949: The Continental Congress September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788 and The Congress of the United States From the First to the Eightieth Congress March 4, 1789 to January 3, 1949, Inclusive. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1950.



HALSEY, Silas (father of Jehiel Howell Halsey and Nicoll Halsey), a Representative from New York;

Born in Southampton, Long Island, N.Y., October 6, 1743 (old style); attended the public schools; studied medicine at Elizabethtown (later Elizabeth), N.J.; returned to Southampton and practiced medicine from 1764 to 1776; resided three years in Killingsworth, Conn., during the Revolutionary War, when he again returned to Southampton, N.Y.; undersheriff of Suffolk County 1784-1787; sheriff 1787-1792;

Moved to Herkimer County in 1793 and settled in what is now the town of Lodi, Seneca County, and continued the practice of medicine; also erected and operated a grist mill; supervisor of the town of Ovid 1794-1804; member of the State assembly from Onondaga County in 1797 and 1798 and from Cayuga County in 1800, 1801, 1803, and 1804; member of the State constitutional convention in 1801; clerk of Seneca County 1804-1813 and 1815;

Elected as a Democrat to the Ninth Congress (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1807); served in the State senate in 1808 and 1809; engaged in farming; died at Lodi, Seneca County, N.Y., November 19, 1832; interment in Old Halsey Cemetery, South Lodi, N.Y. [page 1255]


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