Samuel Rossiter Betts

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Samuel Rossiter Betts
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
December 21, 1826 – April 30, 1867
Appointed by John Quincy Adams
Preceded by William Peter Van Ness
Succeeded by Samuel Blatchford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Preceded by Abraham J. Hasbrouck
Succeeded by Josiah Hasbrouck
Personal details
Born June 8, 1786 (1786-06-08)
Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Died November 2, 1868 (1868-11-03) (aged 82)
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Caroline Abigail Noble Betts
Children George Frederic Betts
Alma mater Williams College

Lawyer politician

Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Rank judge advocate
Battles/wars War of 1812

Samuel Rossiter Betts (June 8, 1786 – November 2, 1868) was an American politician, a U.S. Representative from New York, and a long-serving United States federal judge.


Born in Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Betts graduated from Williams College in 1806, and then read law in Hudson, New York. He was admitted to the bar in 1807. He married Caroline Abigail Noble, and they had one son, George Frederic Betts.[1]


Betts practiced in Monticello, New York from 1809 to 1812. During the War of 1812, he served as judge advocate of Volunteers in the U.S. Army.

Betts was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 14th United States Congress, as a U. S. Representative for the seventh district of New York holding office from March 4, 1815, to March 3, 1817.[2]

Afterwards Betts moved to Newburgh, New York, where he continued the practice of law. He was a District Attorney of Orange County, New York from 1821 to 1823, and was the Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit from 1823 to 1827.

On December 19, 1826, Betts was nominated by President John Quincy Adams to the seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by William P. Van Ness. Betts was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 21, 1826, and received his commission the same day. Betts served for over forty years, by far the longest tenure of any judge appointed by John Quincy Adams. He resigned on April 30, 1867.


Betts died in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, on November 2, 1868 (age 81 years, 147 days). He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, in The Bronx, New York.[3]


  1. ^ "Samuel Rossiter Betts". Find A Grave. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Samuel Rossiter Betts". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Samuel Rossiter Betts". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abraham J. Hasbrouck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Josiah Hasbrouck
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Peter Van Ness
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Succeeded by
Samuel Blatchford