SEDGWICK, Theodore

SEDGWICK, Theodore
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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SEDGWICK, Theodore, a Delegate, a Representative, and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in West Hartford, Conn., May 9, 1746; attended Yale College; studied theology and law; admitted to the bar in 1766 and commenced practice in Great Barrington, Mass.; moved to Sheffield, Mass.; during the Revolutionary War served in the expedition against Canada in 1776; member, State house of representatives 1780, 1782-1783; member, State senate 1784-1785; Member of the Continental Congress 1785, 1786, and 1788; member, State house of representatives 1787-1788, and served as speaker; delegate to the State convention that adopted the Federal Constitution in 1788; elected to the First and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1789, until his resignation in June 1796; elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Caleb Strong and served from June 11, 1796, to March 3, 1799; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Fifth Congress; elected to the Sixth Congress (March 4, 1799-March 3, 1801); Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sixth Congress; judge of the supreme court of Massachusetts 1802-1813; died in Boston, Mass., January 24, 1813; interment in the family cemetery, Stockbridge, Mass.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

American Antiquarian Society

Worcester, MA
Papers: In Philip John Schuyler journal, 1787, available on 1 reel microfilm.

Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield, MA
Papers: In Sedgwick family papers.

Boston Athenaeum

Boston, MA
Papers: Small collection of miscellaneous letters.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 8 items.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 18 letters (1778-1803) in the Van Schaack family papers, 1686-1887, available on 3 microfilm reels.

Harvard University
Houghton Library

Cambridge, MA
Papers: Small collection of misellaneous letters.

Henry E. Huntington Library

San Marino, CA
Papers: Small collection of miscellaneous letters.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1 item (1799) in the Simon Gratz collection.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1 letter (1791); and correspondence in Alexander Hamilton papers, 1708-1903.

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME
Papers: 1 item (1789) in the Fogg autograph collection.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: 1768-1812. 4 boxes. Congressional, business, and personal correspondence and papers, and portrait.
Additional Papers: 343 letters (1774-1813) and 5 volumes of notes in almanacs (1785, 1787, 1790, 1791, 1793) in Sedgwick family papers, 1698-1946. 108 boxes.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: Receipts (1777-1778) in Walker family papers, 1775-1876.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Alexander Hamilton papers, 1760-1830, on 46 microfilm reels, originals in Library of Congress.

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Tucker family papers, 1680-1878.

Pierpont Morgan Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1792. 1 item.

Rhode Island Historical Society

Providence, RI
Papers: 2 letters (1790) in the Foster papers; and 1 item (1790) in the Channing-Ellery papers.

Stockbridge Library Association

Stockbridge, MA
Papers: 1 letter (1781) concerning the Superior Court, 1 letter (1791) concerning genealogy, 1 volume of acts passed at Third Session of Congress (1790), and 1 engraving in Sedgwick family papers, 1780-1965. 6 boxes.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in various collections. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Welch, Richard E. Theodore Sedgwick, Federalist: A Political Portrait. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1965.

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