Ira Allen Eastman

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Ira Allen Eastman
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Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1836–1838
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by Samuel Cushman
Succeeded by John P. Hale
Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court
In office
1855–1859
Personal details
Born (1809-01-01)January 1, 1809
Gilmanton, New Hampshire
Died (1881-03-21) March 21, 1881 (age 133)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Resting place Valley Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jane Quackenbush
Relations Nehemiah Eastman
Children Clarence Eastman
Anna Q Eastman
Profession Attorney
Politician

Ira Allen Eastman (January 1, 1809 – March 21, 1881) was an American manufacturer and Democratic politician in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the 1800s.

Early life[edit]

Eastman was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, the son of Stephen and Hannah Eastman. He attended the local schools and Gilmanton Academy before graduating from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1829.[1] He read law and was admitted to the bar in 1832. He began practicing law in Troy, New Hampshire.

Political career[edit]

Eastman returned to Gilmanton in 1834 and continued the practice of law. He served as clerk of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1835. He was as member of the State House of Representatives from 1836-1838, and served as speaker of the State House in 1837 and 1838. He was Register of Probate for Strafford County from 1836 to 1839.[2]

Eastman was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses, serving from March 4, 1839 - March 3, 1843.[3] He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business during the Twenty-seventh Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1842.

After leaving Congress, he served as judge of the New Hampshire Court of Common Pleas from 1844-1849. He served as associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1849-1855,[4] and as justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1855-1859.[5] In 1858, he was honored with a L.L.D. degree from Dartmouth College, and in 1859 he was chosen trustee of Dartmouth.[6]

After resigning from judicial service, Eastman resumed the practice of law. He practiced law in Concord and Manchester. Eastman was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of New Hampshire in 1863 and for United States Senator in 1866.[7]

Eastman died on March 21, 1881 in Manchester and is interred in Valley Cemetery.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Eastman was married to Jane Quackenbush and they had two children, Clarence and Anna Q.[9] He was the nephew of Nehemiah Eastman, a United States Representative from New Hampshire.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dartmouth College (1890). General catalogue of Dartmouth college and the associated institutions: including the officers of government and instruction, graduates and all others who have received honorary degrees. Dartmouth College. p. 28. 
  2. ^ Lancaster, Daniel (1845). The History of Gilmanton: Embracing the Proprietary, Civil, Literary, Ecclesiastical, Biographical, Genealogical, and Miscellaneous History, from the First Settlement to the Present Time; Including what is Now Gilford, to the Time it was Disannexed. A. Prescott. p. 226. 
  3. ^ Stearns, Ezra S. and Whitcher, (1908). Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 1. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 1. p. 200. 
  4. ^ Proceedings of the Bar Association of the State of New Hampshire at Its Annual Meeting. Bar Association of the State of New Hampshire, Bar Association of the State of New Hampshire. Meeting. 1904. p. 74. 
  5. ^ JENKS, GEO. E. THE NEW-HAMPSHIRE POLITICAL MANUAL, FOR 1867. p. 37. 
  6. ^ Biographical Review Publishing Company (1897). Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Stafford and Belknap countries, New Hampshire. Biographical Review. p. 557. 
  7. ^ Bell, Charles Henry (1893). The bench and bar of New Hampshire: including biographical notices of deceased judges of the highest court, and lawyers of the province and state, and a list of names of those now living. Houghton, Mifflin and company. p. 100. 
  8. ^ Spence, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 222. 
  9. ^ Biographical Review Publishing Company (1897). Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Stafford and Belknap countries, New Hampshire. Biographical Review. p. 557. 
  10. ^ Congressional Quarterly, inc (1971). Guide to the Congress of the United States. Congressional Quarterly Service. p. 1204. 
  11. ^ "EASTMAN, Nehemiah, (1782 - 1856)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 

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