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ATHERTON, Charles Gordon



ATHERTON, Charles Gordon, (son of Charles Humphrey Atherton), a Representative and a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Amherst, Hillsborough County, N.H., July 4, 1804; graduated from Harvard University in 1822; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Dunstable (now Nashua), N.H.; member of the State house of representatives 1830 and 1833-1835, serving as speaker 1833-1835; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1843); did not seek reelection in 1842, having become a candidate for Senator; elected to the United States Senate as a Democrat in 1843, and served from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1849; chairman, Committee on Printing (Twenty-ninth Congress), Committee on Roads and Canals (Twenty-ninth Congress), Committee on Finance (Thirtieth Congress); resumed the practice of law in Nashua; again elected to the United States Senate in 1852 for the term beginning March 4, 1853, took the oath of office on March 4, 1853, and served until his death in Manchester, N.H., November 15, 1853; interment in Nashua Cemetery, Nashua, N.H.

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

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External Research Collections

American Antiquarian Society

Worcester, MA
Papers: 1838-1852. 1 folder; 34 items. Includes seven letters, memoranda, notes, and accounts. The memoranda and notes concern the independent Treasury plan, a dispute over the procedure in selecting the congressional printer, Jefferson's opinions on various issues, and notes for political speeches. Finding aid.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 items.

New Hampshire Historical Society

Concord, NH
Papers: 1772-1853. 61 items. Chiefly political correspondence, including letters of Charles Humphrey Atherton, William Gordon, and William Plumer and anonymous letters reviling the gag rule of 1838. Also correspondence in the Tristram Shaw papers, 1828-1843. Finding aid.

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA
Papers: Correspondence in the Tucker family papers, 1680-1878.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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