Elisha Mathewson

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Elisha Mathewson
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United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
October 26, 1807 – March 3, 1811
Preceded by James Fenner
Succeeded by Jeremiah B. Howell
Member of the Rhode Island Senate
In office
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1767-04-18)April 18, 1767
Scituate, Rhode Island
Died October 14, 1853(1853-10-14) (aged 86)
Scituate, Rhode Island
Political party Democratic-Republican

Elisha Mathewson (April 18, 1767 – October 14, 1853) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island.

Youth and career[edit]

Born in Scituate, Rhode Island, Mathewson pursued an academic course and was justice of the peace of Scituate. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and in 1821 was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and served as speaker during that period. He was a member of the Rhode Island Senate in 1822, and was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Fenner and served from October 26, 1807, to March 4, 1811.

Mathewson resumed agricultural pursuits and died in Scituate in 1853; interment was on his farm at the north end of Moswansicut Lake, Scituate.


United States Senate
Preceded by
James Fenner
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Rhode Island
Served alongside: Benjamin Howland, Francis Malbone, Christopher G. Champlin
Succeeded by
Jeremiah B. Howell
Honorary titles
Preceded by
David Daggett
Oldest living U.S. Senator
April 12, 1851 – October 14, 1853
Succeeded by
Samuel C. Crafts
Preceded by
Henry Clay
Most Senior Living U.S. Senator
(Sitting or Former)

June 29, 1852 – October 14, 1853
Succeeded by
Alexander Campbell