Samuel Beardsley

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Samuel Beardsley
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833
Preceded by Henry R. Storrs
Succeeded by Ransom H. Gillet
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 29, 1836
Preceded by John W. Taylor
Succeeded by Rutger B. Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – February 29, 1844
Preceded by Samuel Gordon
Succeeded by Levi D. Carpenter
Personal details
Born February 6, 1790 (1790-02-06)
Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York
Died May 6, 1860 (1860-05-07) (aged 70)
Utica, Oneida County, New York
Citizenship  United States
Political party Jacksonian, Democrat
Profession lawyer, politician
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank lieutenant
Battles/wars War of 1812

Samuel Beardsley (February 6, 1790 - May 6, 1860) was an American politician and a U. S. Representative from New York.

Biography[edit]

Born in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York Beardsley pursued academic studies. He taught school and studied law in Rome, New York.

Beardsley served as a lieutenant in the War of 1812, taking part in the defense of Sackets Harbor in 1813. He was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in Watertown, New York. He was a judge advocate of the New York State Militia.

In 1816 Beardsley returned to Rome, New York, and continued the practice of law. He moved to Utica in 1823, and became a member of the New York State Senate in 1823. He was United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York from 1823 to 1830.

Elected as a Jacksonian to the 22nd Congress, Beardsley was U. S. Representative for the fourteenth district of New York from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1833. During the 23rd and 24th United States Congresses Beardsley served as U. S. Representative for the seventeenth district from March 4, 1833 to March 29, 1836, when he resigned. During the Twenty-fourth Congress he was chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary.

In 1836, Beardsley was elected by the New York State Legislature to the office of New York State Attorney General after his predecessor Greene C. Bronson became a justice of the New York Supreme Court.

Elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth United States Congress, Beardsley served as U. S. Representative for the twentieth district from March 4, 1843, to February 29, 1844, when he resigned to accept the appointment as associate justice of the New York Supreme Court. He sat on the bench from 1844 to 1847, and was Chief Justice from June 29 to July 5, 1847. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.

Beardsley died in Utica, Oneida County, New York on May 6, 1860. He was interred at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, New York.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
new district
New York State Senate
Fifth District (Class 1)

1823
Succeeded by
Perley Keyes
Legal offices
Preceded by
Jacob Sutherland
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York
1823–1831
Succeeded by
Nathaniel S. Benton
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry R. Storrs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

1831–1833
Succeeded by
Ransom H. Gillet
Preceded by
John W. Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

1833–1836
Succeeded by
Rutger B. Miller
Legal offices
Preceded by
Greene C. Bronson
New York Attorney General
1836–1839
Succeeded by
Willis Hall
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Gordon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

1843–1844
Succeeded by
Levi D. Carpenter