|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
March 4,1841 –March 3,1843
|Thomas J. Paterson
March 4,1835 –March 3,1839
March 4,1829 –March 3,1831
|Daniel D. Barnard
|Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department
|Member of the New York State Assembly
|Member of the New York State Assembly
|Monroe County District attorney
|November 25,1847 57) (aged
At sea aboard the ship Emily
Louisa S. Dickinson
| Williams College
Litchfield Law School
Timothy Childs Jr. (January 1,1790 –November 25,1847) was a U.S. Representative from New York. He represented Monroe County for eight non-consecutive terms in Congress between 1829 and 1843.
Childs was born in Pittsfield,Massachusetts on January 1,1790.He was the son of Rachel (née Easton) Childs (1760–1852) and Timothy Childs (1748–1821),a Revolutionary War officer who studied at Harvard,became a physician and served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
He graduated from Williams College in 1811and Litchfield Law School in 1814. He completed his studies at the Albany firm of Harmanus Bleecker, afterwards practicing law in New York,first in Canandaigua,and then in Rochester.
Originally a Federalist,while residing in Canandaigua,Childs served in offices including Ontario County Commissioner and the judicial position of Master in Chancery.
He served as Monroe County,New York District Attorney from 1821 to 1831,the first to hold this position.He served as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1828, and in the late 1820s he also served as Monroe County Judge.
Childs was elected as an Anti-Mason to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4,1829 –March 3,1831).After his term expired he returned to practicing law in Rochester.
In 1833,he was elected again to the New York State Assembly.
In 1834,he was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress.He was reelected as a Whig in 1836, and served from March 4,1835 to March 3,1839. During his 1837 to 1839 term Childs was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department.
Childs was elected to Congress again as a Whig in 1840 and served one term,March 4,1841 to March 3,1843.He resumed practicing law following the completion of his final term in Congress.
In the late 1840s,Childs traveled to Saint Croix,where he went in an effort to improve his health.He died aboard the ship Emily on November 25,1847 while en route from Saint Croix to the United States. Childs was buried in Pittsfield Cemetery in Pittsfield,Massachusetts.
In 1817,he married Catherine Adams.
In December 1830 he married Louisa Stewart (née Shepherd) Dickinson of North Carolina in a ceremony in Norfolk,Virginia.Louisa was the widow of Joel Dickinson.
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