Asa Lyon

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Asa Lyon
Asa Lyon (Vermont Congressman).jpg
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Preceded byCharles Rich
Succeeded byHeman Allen
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
1799-1802
1804-1806
1808
Personal details
Born(1763-12-31)December 31, 1763
Pomfret, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedApril 4, 1841(1841-04-04) (aged 77)
South Hero, Vermont, U.S.
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Esther Newell Lyon
ChildrenEsther Lyon, Abigail Lyon and Newell Lyon
Alma materDartmouth College
ProfessionPolitician, Pastor

Asa Lyon (December 31, 1763 - April 4, 1841) was an American politician. He served as a United States Representative from Vermont.

Biography[edit]

Lyon was born in Pomfret, Connecticut to Jonathan Lyon and Rebecca Maxley Lyon. He attended the common schools. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1790.[1] He was a divinity student with the Reverend Charles Backus in Somers, Connecticut.[2] Lyon was ordained the pastor of the Congregational Church in Sunderland, Massachusetts in 1792.[3] He moved to South Hero, Vermont in 1794 where he studied law. Lyon was also a tutor, and among his students was Herman R. Beardsley, who later served as a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court[4]

Lyon was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1799 until 1802, 1804 until 1806 and 1808. He was a member of the Vermont Executive Council in 1808.[5] Lyon was a town representative in Grande Isle from 1810 until 1813.[6] He organized the church in South Hero and served as its first pastor from 1802 until 1840,[7] and as chief judge of Grand Isle County Courts from 1805 until 1809, 1813 and 1814.[8]

He was elected as a Federalist candidate to the Fourteenth United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1815 until March 3, 1817.[9]

Family life[edit]

Lyon married Esther Newell Lyon. They had three children, Esther Lyon, Abigail Lyon and Newell Lyon.[10] Lyon was thought to be the second-cousin of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet and lyricist.[11][12]

Death[edit]

Lyon died in South Hero on April 4, 1841. He is interred at the Grand Isle Cemetery in Grand Isle, Vermont.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilman, Marcus Davis (1897). The bibliography of Vermont:. Free press association. p. 157.
  2. ^ Packard, Theophilus (1854). A history of the churches and ministers: and of Franklin Association, in Franklin County, Mass., and an appendix respecting the county. S.K. Whipple. p. 374.
  3. ^ Chapman, George Thomas (1867). Sketches of the alumni of Dartmouth college: from the first graduation in 1771 to the present time, with a brief history of the institution. Riverside press. p. 55.
  4. ^ Sowles, Edward A. (October 21, 1890). Memorial Sketch of Herman R. Beardsley in Proceedings of the Vermont Bar Association. II, 5. Barre, VT: Thomas H. Cave, Book and Job Printer. pp. 310–313.
  5. ^ United States Congress (2005). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005. Government Printing Office. p. 1481.
  6. ^ Hemenway, Abby Maria (1871). The Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, Embracing a History of Each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, Volume 2. Abby Maria Hemenway. p. 533.
  7. ^ Lyons, Albert Brown (1905). Lyon Memorial: Massachusetts Families, Including Descendants of the Immigrants William Lyon, of Roxbury, Peter Lyon, of Dorchester, George Lyon, of Dorchester, with Intro. Treating of the English Ancestry of the American Families. W. Graham Print. Company. p. 84.
  8. ^ Proctor, Redfield (1894). Men of Vermont: an illustrated biographical history of Vermonters and sons of Vermont. Transcript publishing company. p. 142.
  9. ^ "Rep. Asa Lyon". Govtrack.us. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  10. ^ Lyons, Albert Brown (1905). Lyon Memorial: Massachusetts Families, Including Descendants of the Immigrants William Lyon, of Roxbury, Peter Lyon, of Dorchester, George Lyon, of Dorchester, with Intro. Treating of the English Ancestry of the American Families. W. Graham Print. Company. p. 84.
  11. ^ Greene, Richard Henry (1897). The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volumes 28-29. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. p. 79.
  12. ^ Lanman, Charles (682). Biographical annals of the civil government of the United States: during its first century. From original and official sources. J. Anglim. p. 267.
  13. ^ "Asa Lyon". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  14. ^ "Lyon, Asa (1763-1841)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 26, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • "A history of the churches and ministers: and of Franklin Association, in Franklin County, Mass" by Theophilus Packard, published by S.K. Whipple, 1854.
  • "Men of Vermont: an illustrated biographical history of Vermonters and sons of Vermont" by Redfield Proctor", published by Transcript publishing company, 1894.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Rich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's at-large congressional district

1815-1817
Succeeded by
Heman Allen