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BRACE, Jonathan

1754–1837

Biography

BRACE, Jonathan, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Harwinton, Conn., November 12, 1754; pursued preparatory studies; was graduated from Yale College in 1779; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Bennington, Vt., in 1779 and commenced practice in Pawlet, Vt.; moved to Manchester, Vt., in 1782 and continued the practice of law; member of the council of censors to revise the constitution; prosecuting attorney for Bennington County 1784-1785; moved to Glastonbury, Conn., in January 1786 but was not admitted to the Connecticut bar until 1790; member of the general assembly 1788 and 1791-1794 and was chosen assistant in the council in May 1798; moved to Hartford, Conn., in 1794; judge of the city court from 1797 until 1815, with the exception of two years; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Joshua Coit; reelected to the Sixth Congress and served from December 3, 1798, until his resignation in 1800; assistant in the council of the State 1802-1818; appointed prosecuting attorney for Hartford County in December 1807 and served until May 1809, when he resigned; appointed judge of the county court and of probate in May 1809; continued as judge of the county court until 1821 and as judge of probate until 1824; mayor of Hartford 1815-1824; member of the State senate in 1819 and 1820; died in Hartford, Conn., August 26, 1837; interment in the Old North Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
Papers: 1815-1836. 6 letters. Family correspondence. Card index in repository.

Litchfield Historical Society

Litchfield, CT
Papers: 1799-1825. 11 cards. Personal and business papers and correspondence, some copies of material at Yale University Library. Finding aid in repository.
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