Jabez W. Huntington

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Jabez Williams Huntington
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United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
May 4, 1840 November 1, 1847
Preceded by Thaddeus Betts
Succeeded by Roger S. Baldwin
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Connecticut's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1829 August 16, 1834
Preceded by John Baldwin
Succeeded by Phineas Miner
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
1828
Personal details
Born(1788-11-08)November 8, 1788
Norwich, Connecticut
DiedNovember 1, 1847(1847-11-01) (aged 58)
Norwich, Connecticut
Political party Whig
Spouse(s)Sally Ann Huntington
Occupation Lawyer politician

Jabez Williams Huntington (November 8, 1788 November 1, 1847) was a United States Representative and Senator from Connecticut.

Connecticut U.S. state in the United States

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport. It is part of New England, although portions of it are often grouped with New York and New Jersey as the tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River which approximately bisects the state. The word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river".

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Biography

Born in Norwich, son of Zachariah Huntington and Hannah Mumford Huntington, Huntington pursued classical studies. He graduated from Yale College in 1806. Jabez taught in the Litchfield South Farms Academy for one year, and studied law at the Litchfield Law School during 1808. He was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced practice in Litchfield. [1] He married Sally Ann Huntington, the youngest daughter of his first cousin Joseph Huntington, on May 22, 1833. They did not have any children. [2]

Norwich, Connecticut City in Connecticut, United States

Norwich, known as 'The Rose of New England,' is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 40,493 at the 2010 United States Census. Three rivers, the Yantic, the Shetucket, and the Quinebaug, flow into the city and form its harbor, from which the Thames River flows south to Long Island Sound.

Yale College undergraduate liberal arts college of Yale University

Yale College is the undergraduate liberal arts college of Yale University. Founded in 1701, it is the original school of the university. Although other schools of the university were founded as early as 1810, all of Yale was officially known as Yale College until 1887, when its schools were confederated and the institution was renamed Yale University.

Bar (law) The legal profession as an institution

In law, the bar is the legal profession as an institution. The term is a metonym for the line that separates the parts of a courtroom reserved for spectators and those reserved for participants in a trial such as lawyers.

Career

Huntington was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from Litchfield in 1828. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third U.S. Congresses, He served from March 4, 1829, to August 16, 1834, [3] when he resigned and moved to Norwich to accept the appointment of judge of the Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors. He held that office from 1834 to 1840.

Connecticut House of Representatives

The Connecticut House of Representatives is the lower house in the Connecticut General Assembly, the state legislature of the US state of Connecticut. The house is composed of 151 members representing an equal number of districts, with each constituency containing nearly 22,600 residents. Representatives are elected to two-year terms with no term limits. The House convenes within the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.

In 1840 Huntington was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Thaddeus Betts. He was reelected, and served from May 4, 1840 until his death. [4] During the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eight Congresses, he was chairman of the Committee on Commerce.

The Whig Party was a political party active in the middle of the 19th century in the United States. Alongside the Democratic Party, it was one of the two major parties in the United States during the late 1830s, the 1840s, and the early 1850s, part of the period some scholars describe as the Second Party System. Four presidents aligned with the party for at least part of their respective terms. Other influential party leaders include Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, William Seward, John J. Crittenden, and Truman Smith.

Thaddeus Laddins Betts was the 12th and 14th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Connecticut from 1832 to 1833 and from 1834 to 1835, and a United States Senator from Connecticut from 1839 to 1840. He had previously served in the Connecticut Senate representing the 12th District and Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk, Connecticut.

Death

Huntington died in Norwich on November 1, 1847(age 58 years, 359 days). He is interred at the Old Norwich Town Cemetery. [5]

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References

  1. "Jabez W. Huntington". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  2. "Jabez W. Huntington". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  3. "Jabez W. Huntington". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  4. "Jabez W. Huntington". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  5. "Jabez W. Huntington". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 13 January 2013.

See also


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Baldwin
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large congressional district

18291834
Succeeded by
Phineas Miner
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Thaddeus Betts
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Connecticut
1840–1847
Served alongside: Perry Smith, John M. Niles
Succeeded by
Roger S. Baldwin