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 Samuel Prentiss

Samuel Prentiss

Birth
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 15 Jan 1857 (aged 74)
Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Burial Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 22705 · View Source
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US Senator. US District Court Judge. Brother of New York Congressman John Holmes Prentiss. Moved to Worcester and later Northfield, Massachusetts. Completed schooling, instructed in classics by private tutor. Studied law in Northfield and in Brattleboro, Vermont. Admitted to bar, moved to Montpelier, began practice, 1802. Married Lucretia Houghton (March 6, 1786 - June 15, 1855) of Northfield, October 3, 1804. Twelve children, of whom two died in infancy. Ten sons reached adulthood – George, Samuel, Edward, John, Charles, Henry, Frederick, Theodore, Joseph, James. All but Edward became lawyers. Samuel served as Judge of Ohio Court of Common Pleas and District Court. Edward became pharmacist before accepting appointment as Clerk of US District Court for Vermont, serving 1842-59. Theodore relocated to Wisconsin and served in state legislature and as Mayor of Watertown. Declined election to state Supreme Court, 1822. Vermont House, 1824-25. Associate Justice, Vermont Supreme Court, 1825-29. Chief Justice, 1829-31. Elected to Senate as Anti-Jacksonian, 1831 and reelected as Whig in 1837, serving March 4, 1831 to April 11, 1842. Sponsor of law banning dueling in District of Columbia. Chairman, Committee on Patents and the Patent Office. Resigned to become Judge of United States District Court for Vermont, serving from 1842 until his death.

Bio by: Bill McKern



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  • Added: 11 Jun 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22705
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Prentiss (31 Mar 1782–15 Jan 1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22705, citing Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .