Samuel Eddy

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For the Medal of Honor recipient, see Samuel E. Eddy.
Samuel Eddy
35th Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by Isaac Wilbour
Succeeded by Job Durfee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1825
Preceded by John Linscom Boss, Jr.
Succeeded by Tristam Burges
1st Secretary of State of Rhode Island
In office
Preceded by new office
Succeeded by office abolished
Personal details
Born (1769-03-31)March 31, 1769
Johnston, Rhode Island
Died February 3, 1839(1839-02-03) (aged 69)
Providence, Rhode Island
Resting place North End Cemetery, Providence
Political party Democratic-Republican, Adams-Clay Republican
Alma mater Brown University, 1787

Samuel Eddy (March 31, 1769 – February 3, 1839) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island. Born in Johnston, Rhode Island, near Providence, Eddy completed preparatory studies. He graduated from Brown University in 1787. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1790 and practiced a short time in Providence. He served as clerk of the Rhode Island Supreme Court 1790–1793. He also served as Rhode Island Secretary of State 1798–1819.

Eddy was elected as Democratic-Republican to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses, and reelected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1825). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1824 to the Nineteenth Congress and for election in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress. He served as associate justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 1826 and 1827, and served as chief justice 1827–1835. Eddy wrote the Court's first published decision, Stoddard v. Martin in 1828. Eddy died in Providence, Rhode Island, February 3, 1839, and was interred in North End Cemetery.

He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1819.[1]



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Political offices
Preceded by
new office
Secretary of State of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
office abolished
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Linscom Boss, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district

Succeeded by
Tristam Burges