Abijah Beckwith

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For the Wisconsin politician, see Abijah Beckwith (Wisconsin).

Abijah Beckwith (December 2, 1784 Chatham, Columbia County, New York — August 8, 1874 Cedarville, Herkimer County, New York) was an American politician from New York.

Life[edit]

He was the son of Dan Beckwith and Ann (Hough) Beckwith. In 1805, he married Lurena Chadwick (1785–1857), and they had 9 children. About 1806, the family removed to a place in Herkimer County which in 1812 became part of the Town of Columbia.

Beckwith was a member of the New York State Assembly (Herkimer Co.) in 1816–17 and 1823. He was Clerk of Herkimer County from 1826 to 1831.

He was a Democratic member of the New York State Senate (5th D.) from 1835 to 1838, sitting in the 58th, 59th, 60th and 61st New York State Legislatures.

He was again a member of the State Assembly (Herkimer Co.) in 1847. In 1848, he became a Free Soiler and later a Republican.

He was buried at the Cemetery in Cedarville.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Henry A. Foster
New York State Senate
Fifth District (Class 4)

1835–1838
Succeeded by
Joseph Clark