Samuel Beardsley

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Samuel Beardsley
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14th New York Attorney General
In office
January 12, 1836 – February 4, 1839
Governor William L. Marcy
William H. Seward
Preceded by Greene C. Bronson
Succeeded by Willis Hall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833
Preceded by Henry R. Storrs
Succeeded by Ransom H. Gillet
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 29, 1836
Preceded by John W. Taylor
Succeeded by Rutger B. Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – February 29, 1844
Preceded by Samuel Gordon
Succeeded by Levi D. Carpenter
Member of the New York Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 1, 1823 – December 31, 1823
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Perley Keyes
Personal details
Born February 6, 1790 (1790-02-06)
Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York
Died May 6, 1860 (1860-05-07) (aged 70)
Utica, Oneida County, New York
Citizenship  United States
Political party Jacksonian, Democrat
Profession lawyer, politician
Military service
Allegiance Flag of New York.svg State of New York
United States United States of America
Service/branch New York Militia
United States Army
Rank Captain
Battles/wars

War of 1812

Samuel Beardsley (February 6, 1790 – May 6, 1860) was an American attorney, judge and legislator from New York. During his career he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, New York Attorney General, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, a member of the New York State Senate, and a justice of the New York Supreme Court.

Early life[edit]

Born in Hoosick, New York on February 6, 1790, the son of Obadiah Beardsley and Eunice (Moore) Beardsley.[1][2] His siblings included Levi Beardsley, who served in both the New York State Assembly and [[New York State Senate.[2]

Beardsley's family soon moved to Monticello, an unincorporated village of Richfield, and he was educated in the local schools of his new hometown.[1] He taught school and began the study of medicine with Dr. Joseph White of Cherry Valley, but later decided to pursue a legal career, and moved to Rome, New York to study law with Judge Joshua Hathaway.[1]

Beardsley served in the 157th Regiment of the New York State Militia during the War of 1812, he rose through the ranks to become the regimental adjutant with the rank of captain.[3] He was later commissioned as a quartermaster in the United States Army, and took part in the Defense of Sacket's Harbor in 1813.[4] Beardsley was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in Watertown, New York.[1] After his admission to the bar, he continued to serve in the militia as judge advocate of the 13th Brigade.[5]

Early career[edit]

In 1816 Beardsley returned to Rome, New York, and continued the practice of law.[1] From 1821 to 1825, he served as district attorney of Oneida County.[1] In 1822 he was elected to a one-year term in the New York State Senate (1823), and in 1823 he moved to Utica.[1] He was United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York from 1823 to 1830.[1]

Elected as a Jacksonian to the 22nd Congress, Beardsley was U. S. Representative for the fourteenth district of New York from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1833.[1] During the 23rd and 24th United States Congresses Beardsley served as U.S. Representative for the seventeenth district from March 4, 1833 to March 29, 1836, when he resigned.[1] During the Twenty-fourth Congress he was chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary.[6]

In 1836, Beardsley was elected by the New York State Legislature to the office of New York State Attorney General after his predecessor Greene C. Bronson became a justice of the New York Supreme Court, and he served until 1838.[1]

Later career[edit]

Elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth United States Congress, Beardsley served as U. S. Representative for the twentieth district from March 4, 1843, to February 29, 1844, when he resigned to accept the appointment as associate justice of the New York Supreme Court.[1] He sat on the bench from 1844 to 1847, and was Chief Justice from June 29 to July 5, 1847.[1] Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in Utica and New York City.[1]

Death and burial[edit]

Beardsley died in Utica, Oneida County, New York on May 6, 1860.[1] He was interred at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, New York.[7]

Family[edit]

In 1816, Beardsley was married to Sarah Hathaway (1793-1869), the daughter of Joshua Hathaway, under whom Beardsley had studied law.[8] They were the parents of one child who lived to adulthood, Arthur.[2] Arthur Moore Beardsley became an attorney, and had a successful career in Utica and New York City.[2]

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
new district
New York State Senate
Fifth District (Class 1)

1823
Succeeded by
Perley Keyes
Legal offices
Preceded by
Jacob Sutherland
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York
1823–1831
Succeeded by
Nathaniel S. Benton
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry R. Storrs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

1831–1833
Succeeded by
Ransom H. Gillet
Preceded by
John W. Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

1833–1836
Succeeded by
Rutger B. Miller
Legal offices
Preceded by
Greene C. Bronson
New York Attorney General
1836–1839
Succeeded by
Willis Hall
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Gordon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

1843–1844
Succeeded by
Levi D. Carpenter