BEARDSLEY, Samuel

1790–1860

Biography

BEARDSLEY, Samuel, a Representative from New York; born in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, N.Y., February 6, 1790; pursued academic studies; taught school; studied law in Rome, N.Y.; served as a lieutenant in the War of 1812 and took part in the defense of Sackets Harbor in 1813; was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in Watertown; judge advocate in the State militia; returned to Rome in 1816 and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney in 1821; member of the State senate in 1823; moved to Utica, Oneida County, in 1823; United States attorney for the northern district of New York 1823-1830; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second, Twenty-third, and Twenty-fourth Congresses and served from March 4, 1831, to March 29, 1836, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Twenty-fourth Congress); appointed circuit judge in 1836; attorney general of the State of New York 1836-1838; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1843, to February 29, 1844, when he resigned to accept a judicial appointment; served as associate judge of the New York Supreme Court from 1844 to 1847, and was appointed chief justice in the latter year; declined another term of service and resumed the practice of law; died in Utica, N.Y., May 6, 1860; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 letters.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (July 20, 1833) in the Thomas W. Olcott collection. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: 9 letters (1832-1841) in the Charlemagne Tower collection. Finding aid in repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Silas Wright Papers, 1842-1845, 4 items. Subjects include Samuel Beardsley.

The Library of Virginia
Archives Division

Richmond, VA
Papers: In the Tazewell Family Papers, 1756-1931, 14.56 cubic feet. Other authors include Samuel Beardsley.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Beardsley, Samuel. Speech of Mr. Beardsley, of New York, in the House of representatives of the United States, May 9 and 10, 1832, upon the power of the House to punish for an alleged contempt and breach of privilege. [N.p., 1832].

------. Speech of Mr. Beardsley, of New York, on a memorial from the inhabitants of the city of Utica, and of the county of Oneida, New York, relative to the removal of the deposites [sic]. Washington: Printed by F.P. Blair, 1834.

------. Speech of Samuel Beardsley, of N. York, in the House of Representatives of the United States, on the 16th of January, 1834, on the subject of the removal of the public deposites, from the Bank of the United States. City of Washington: Printed by Francis Preston Blair, 1834.

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