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

Born in Southampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., October 7, 1788; 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; engaged in agricultural pursuits; county clerk of Seneca County 1819-1821;

Elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1831); resumed agricultural pursuits; member of the State senate 1832-1835; surrogate of Seneca County 1837-1843; supervisor of the town of Lodi 1845-1846;

Died in Lodi, Seneca County, N.Y., December 5, 1867; interment in West Lodi Cemetery. [page 1255]


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