Born in Hebron, near New London, Connecticut, Gott attended public schools. At the age of sixteen taught school. He moved to Pompey, New York, in 1817. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced practice in Pompey, New York. Among the aspiring attorneys who studied with him was L. Harris Hiscock.
Gott was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851). In 1848, he gave an impassioned speech to the House of Representatives against the proposed emancipation of slaves in the District of Columbia. Gott described the actions of abolitionists of the northern states as "impertinent interference with the slaves" and "impertinently intruding themselves into the domestic and delicate concerns of the South, understanding neither the malady to be corrected nor the remedy to be applied".
He moved to Syracuse, New York, in 1853 and resumed the practice of his profession.
- "The District of Columbia and Slavery". The Baltimore Sun. December 28, 1848. p. 1.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th congressional district
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851
Daniel T. Jones
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