Alexander De Witt

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Alexander De Witt
State Senator
Constituency Massachusetts

Alexander De Witt (April 2, 1798 – January 13, 1879) was a 19th-century American politician from the state of Massachusetts.

Born in New Braintree, Massachusetts,De Witt worked in textile manufacturing in Oxford, Massachusetts. He was elected to the Massachusetts state lower house in 1830, serving until 1836. He then served in the State senate in 1842, 1844, 1850, and 1851.[citation needed]

In federal politics, De Witt was elected as a Free-Soil candidate to the United States Congress in 1853. In January 1854, he was one of six signatories of the "Appeal of the Independent Democrats", drafted to oppose the Kansas-Nebraska Act. He was reelected as a candidate of the American Party to Congress in 1855.[citation needed]

He was defeated in his 1856 bid for reelection and returned to his previous work as a textile manufacturer. De Witt died in Oxford on January 13, 1879. He is buried in South Cemetery, one of three in the town.[1]


  1. ^ Town of Oxford, MA - Rules and Regulations


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward P. Little
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1857
Succeeded by
Eli Thayer