William G. Angel

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William Gardner Angel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1827
Preceded by Isaac Williams, Jr.
Succeeded by Samuel Chase
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1833
Preceded by Samuel Chase
Succeeded by Reuben Whallon
Personal details
Born July 17, 1790 (1790-07-17)
New Shoreham, Block Island
Died August 13, 1858 (1858-08-14) (aged 68)
Angelica, Allegany County, New York
Citizenship  United States
Political party Jacksonian
Spouse(s) Emily P. English Angel
Clarissa English Angel
Children William P. Angel
Wilkes Angel
James R. Angel
Texas Angel
Profession lawyer, politician

William Gardner Angel (July 17, 1790 – August 13, 1858) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative for New York's thirteenth district.


Angel was born in New Shoreham, on Block Island, in Rhode Island, the son of William and Susannah (Gardner) Angel. In 1792, he moved with his parents to a farm in that part of Richfield, New York, which was in 1799 separated as the Town of Exeter, and attended the common schools while working on the family farm. In 1807, he began attending Dr. Buckingham's Grammar School, and the next year began the study of medicine there, but abandoned this after eight months.

In 1809, Angel was heard as a witness at a trial where William Dowse, a lawyer from the county seat Cooperstown, appeared for the defense. After the trial, Angel was hired by Dowse as a handyman and, while working for Dowse, he read law and became a clerk in Dowse's office.

In 1812, Angel married Emily P. English (1790–1822) and they had several children, among them William P. Angel (1813-1869) and Wilkes Angel (1817–1889).

After Dowse's death, Angel continued to study law with Farrand Stranahan, and in 1816 entered the office of William Welton in Sherburne, Chenango County, New York. The next year, he was taken into partnership by Luther Elderkin, a lawyer of Burlington, and was admitted to the bar. Elderkin absconded with his clients' money, and left Angel to refund them. In this way, Angel took over Elderkin's office, practicing at Burlington until 1833. Angel was Surrogate of Otsego County from 1821 to 1824.

After the death of his first wife, Angel married Clarissa English and they had ten children, among them James R. Angel (1836–1899) and Texas Angel (1839–1903, a lawyer in Hailey, Idaho, and a Populist contender for U.S. Senator from Idaho in 1897).

Angel was elected as a Jacksonian to the 19th, 21st and 22nd United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1825, to March 3, 1827, and from March 4, 1829, to March 3, 1833. Afterwards he removed to Hammondsport and resumed the practice of law in partnership with Morris Brown. At this time, Martin Grover studied law with Angel, first in Burlington, then in Hammondsport. Grover was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Angelica, New York. In 1835, Angel followed Grover to Angelica, and practiced law in partnership with Grover until 1843. From 1843 to 1847, he practiced law in partnership with his son Wilkes Angel. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846. Becoming First Judge and Surrogate of the Allegany County Court, he served from 1847 to 1851.

Angel died on August 13, 1858, in Angelica, Allegany County, New York; and was buried at the Until the Day Dawn Cemetery there.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Isaac Williams, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel Chase
Preceded by
Samuel Chase
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Reuben Whallon