|United States Senator
March 4, 1843 – January 14, 1853
|Preceded by||Samuel C. Crafts|
|Succeeded by||Samuel S. Phelps|
|Member of the Vermont House of Representatives|
August 5, 1792|
Leicester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||January 14, 1853
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Keyes (m. 1814)|
|Children||William Keyes Upham (b. 1817),
Charles Carroll Upham (b. 1818),
Sarah Sumner Upham (b. ca1820),
Mary Annette Upham (b. 1825)
William Upham was born in Leicester, Massachusetts to Samuel Upham and Martha (Livermore) Upham. He moved with his father to Montpelier, Vermont in 1802. He attended the district schools and the Montpelier Academy, and was privately tutored. He attended the University of Vermont and then studied law with Samuel Prentiss.
Upham was admitted to the bar in 1811 and commenced practice in Montpelier. In addition to maintaining a successful practice, Upham also guided the efforts of several prospective lawyers who studied in his office, including Peter T. Washburn.
United States Senator
In 1842 Samuel Prentiss resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate in order to accept appointment as United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Crafts was appointed to fill the vacancy, and served until the end of the term to which Prentiss had been elected, April 23, 1842 to March 3, 1843.
Crafts was not a candidate for a full term, and Upham was the successful Whig candidate for the seat. He was reelected in 1848 and served from March 4, 1843 until his death.
Death and burial
Upham died of smallpox in Washington, D.C.; because he was believed to be contagious, his funeral was held quickly, and his remains were not returned to Vermont. He was buried at Congressional Cemetery.
Upham was the son of Samuel Upham and Patty Livermore Upham. In 1814, he married Sarah Keyes; they were the parents of five children, four of whom lived to adulthood: William Keyes Upham, Charles Carroll Upham, Sarah Sumner (Upham) Langdon and Mary Annette Upham, who died in the 1899 Windsor Hotel fire.
Rice family and relations
- William Upham, son of
- Martha Livermore (1768–1832), daughter of
- James Livermore, Jr. (1736–1825), son of
- Elizabeth Rice (1713–1799), daughter of
- Elisha Rice (1679–1761), son of
- Thomas Rice (1626–1681), son of
- Edmund Rice (1594–1663)
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- Bordewich, Fergus M. America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise of 1850. Simon and Schuster, New York, NY, 2012 p. 125.
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Samuel C. Crafts
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Vermont
March 4, 1843 – January 14, 1853
Served alongside: Samuel S. Phelps and Solomon Foot
Samuel S. Phelps