BACON, William Johnson

1803–1889

Biography

BACON, William Johnson, (son of Ezekiel Bacon and grandson of John Bacon), a Representative from New York; born in Williamstown, Mass., February 18, 1803; moved with his parents to Utica, N.Y., in 1815; was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1822; studied law and was graduated from the Litchfield Law School in 1824; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Utica, Oneida County, N.Y.; appointed city attorney in 1837; member of the State assembly in 1850; elected trustee of Hamilton College in 1851; elected judge of the State supreme court of the fifth district in 1854 and served until 1870; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; resumed the practice of law; died in Utica, N.Y., July 3, 1889; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the Charlemagne Tower Papers, 1830-1889, approximately 60,048 items. Correspondents include William Johnson Bacon. A finding aid is available in the repository.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: November 30, 1849. 1 letter. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bacon, William Johnson. The Continental Congress: Some of its actors and their doings. With the results thereof. An address before the Oneida historical society, at their annual meeting on the 31st day of December, 1880. Utica, N.Y.: E. H. Roberts & co., book and job printers, 1881.

------. The early bar of Oneida: A lecture, delivered at the request of the members of the bar of Oneida County, at the Court house in the city of Utica, October 18, 1875. Utica, N.Y.: T.J. Griffiths, printer, 1876.

------. Memorial of William Kirkland Bacon, late adjutant of the Twenty-sixth regiment of New York state volunteers. Utica, N.Y.: Roberts, printers, 1863.

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