Born in Croydon, New Hampshire, Powers attended the common schools and was largely self-taught. He taught school in the town of Sempronius, New York, while attending the local law school, from which he graduated in 1810. He was admitted to New York State Bar Association the same year and commenced practice in Auburn, New York. He was appointed Warden of Auburn Prison from 1820 to 1823. First judge of the court of common pleas of Cayuga County 1823–1828.
Powers was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831). He served as chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia (Twenty-first Congress). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1830. He was appointed inspector of Auburn prison on April 2, 1830, and served until his death. He died in Auburn, New York, June 25, 1831. He was interred in North Street Cemetery.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th congressional district
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Ulysses F. Doubleday
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