William Stedman

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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th district

William Stedman (January 21, 1765 - August 31, 1831) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Stedman was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1784. After this he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1787 and practiced in Lancaster, Charlestown, and Worcester. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1790. He served as town clerk of Lancaster 1795-1800. He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1802. He served as executive chancellor of Lancaster from 1803 to 1807.

Stedman was elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress. He was elected from the Massachusetts' 11th Congressional district. The district he represented had been drawn in the redistricting following the 1800 Census. It essentially covered the area of Worcester and northward to the New Hampshire border.[1] Stedman was reelected to three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1803, until his resignation July 16, 1810. He served as clerk of Worcester County Courts 1810-1816. Later in life moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he died August 31, 1831. He was interred in Old Hill Burying Ground.

William Stedman married Almy Ellery (14 Feb 1759 - 25 Dec 1839). She was a sister of Elizabeth Ellery, who married Hon. Francis Dana, and also of Lucy Ellery who married William Channing (parents of William Ellery Channing, a founder of the Unitarian Church.)



  1. ^ The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in Congress, pp. 76-77.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Manasseh Cutler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Abijah Bigelow

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