Ezra Meech

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Ezra Meech
Ezra Meech.jpg
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1821
Preceded by William Hunter (Vermont politician)
Succeeded by John Mattocks
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1827
Preceded by Daniel Azro Ashley Buck
Succeeded by Benjamin Swift
Personal details
Born (1773-07-26)July 26, 1773
New London, Connecticut, U.S.
Died September 23, 1856(1856-09-23) (aged 83)
Shelburne, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Republican, Jacksonian
Spouse(s) Mary McNeil Meech[1]
Children Mary Meech, James Meech, Jane Meech, William Meech, Jane Ann Meech, Henry B. Meech, Ellen Meech and William Meech[2]
Profession Politician, Fur trader
Religion Methodist Episcopal

Ezra Meech (July 26, 1773 - September 23, 1856) was an American fur trader and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.

Biography[edit]

Meech was born in New London, Connecticut to Elisha Meech and Faith Satterly Meech. He moved to Hinesburg, Vermont with his parents in 1785 and attended the common schools. Meech engaged in the fur trade in the Northwest and in ship-timber contracts in Canada.[3] In 1795 he opened a store at Charlotte Four Corners, Vermont. He moved to Shelburne, Vermont and controlled a farm and ranch store. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising. In 1806 he was an agent of the Northwestern Fur Company.[4]

Meech was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1805 until 1807.[5] He was elected as a Democratic-Republican candidate to the Sixteenth United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1819 until March 3, 1821.[6] He was a delegate to the state constitutional conventions in 1822 and 1826, and was chief justice of Chittenden County, Vermont Court in 1822 and 1823.

Meech was elected as a Jacksonian candidate to the Nineteenth United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1825 until March 3, 1827.[7] He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Vermont in 1830, 1831, 1832, and 1833. Meech served as a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1840.[8] He then resumed agricultural pursuits.

Personal life[edit]

Meech married Mary McNeil Meech in 1800.[9] They had eight children; Mary Meech, James Meech, Jane Meech, William Meech, Jane Ann Meech, Henry B. Meech, Ellen Meech and William Meech.[10]

Death[edit]

Meech died on September 23, 1856 in Shelburne, Vermont. He is interred at the Shelburne Village Cemetery .[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mary McNeil Meech". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mary McNeil Meech". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Carleton, Hiram (1903). Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 584. 
  4. ^ "Ezra Meech Biography". 19th Century Biographies. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "MEECH, Ezra, (1773 - 1856)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rep. Ezra Meech". Govtrack.us. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Rep. Ezra Meech". Govtrack.us. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Meech, Ezra (1773-1856)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dowling Family Genealogy". Ancestry.com. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mary McNeil Meech". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ezra Meech". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2" by Hiram Carleton, published by Lewis Publishing Company, 1903.

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