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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, Nicoll (son of Silas Halsey), a Representative from New York;

Born in Southampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., March 8, 1782; moved to Herkimer County in 1793 with his parents, who settled in what is now the town of Lodi, Seneca County; attended the common schools; moved to Tompkins County and settled near Trumansburg in 1808; engaged in agricultural pursuits and milling; supervisor for Ulysses in 1812, 1814, 1815, 1818, 1821, and 1826;

Member of the State assembly in 1816 and again in 1824; sheriff of Tompkins County 1819-1821; foreman of the grand jury that indicted one Hyde in a famous slave case; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); was not a candidate for renomination in 1834; appointed judge of the Tompkins County Court on February 11, 1834; resumed the milling business;

Died while on a visit in Marshall, Calhoun County, Mich., March 3, 1865; interment in Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, N.Y. [page 1255]


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