William Upham

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William Upham
United States Senator
from Vermont
In office
March 4, 1843 – January 14, 1853
Preceded by Samuel C. Crafts
Succeeded by Samuel S. Phelps
Personal details
Born (1792-08-05)August 5, 1792
Leicester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died January 14, 1853(1853-01-14) (aged 60)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Sarah Keyes (m. 1814)
Children William Keyes Upham (b. 1817),
Charles Carroll Upham (b. 1818),
Sarah Sumner Upham (b. ca1820),
Mary Annette Upham (b. 1825)
Profession Politician, Lawyer

William Upham (August 5, 1792 – January 14, 1853) was a United States Senator from Vermont.


William Upham was born in Leicester, Massachusetts to Samuel Upham and Martha (Livermore) Upham.[1] He moved with his father to Montpelier, Vermont in 1802. He attended the district schools, the Montpelier Academy, and was privately tutored; he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1811 and commenced practice in Montpelier in 1812. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1827 to 1828 and was State's attorney for Washington County in 1829; he was again a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1830.

In 1843 he was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate. He was reelected in 1849 and served from March 4, 1843 until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1853. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (Twenty-eighth Congress) and of the Committee on Pensions (Twenty-ninth Congress).

Upham died in office in 1853. Interment was in the Congressional Cemetery. He was suffering from smallpox at the time of his death, but is unknown if it was the cause of death.


  • "...Slavery is a crime against humanity and a sore evil in the body politic." [2] [3] [4]

Rice family and relations[edit]

Upham was a descendant of Edmund Rice, an English immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony, as follows:[1]

  • William Upham, son of
  • Martha Livermore (1768–1832),[5] daughter of
  • James Livermore, Jr. (1736–1825), son of
  • Elizabeth Rice (1713–1799), daughter of
  • Elisha Rice (1679–1761), son of
  • Thomas Rice (1626–1681), son of


  1. ^ a b Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2009. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations.
  2. ^ Hamilton, Holman. Prologue to Conflict: The Crisis and Compromise of 1850. The University Press of Kentucky, 1964, 2005 p. 45.
  3. ^ Bordewich, Fergus M. America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise of 1850. Simon and Schuster, New York, NY, 2012 p. 125.
  4. ^ Byrd, Robert C., Hall, Mary Sharon Senate, 1789-1989, V. 1: Addresses on the History of the United States Senate. US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1988 p. 187.
  5. ^ "Edmund Rice online database". Edmund Rice (1638) Association. Retrieved Nov 10, 2009. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Samuel C. Crafts
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Vermont
March 4, 1843 – January 14, 1853
Served alongside: Samuel S. Phelps and Solomon Foot
Succeeded by
Samuel S. Phelps