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 George Nixon Briggs

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George Nixon Briggs

  • Birth 12 Apr 1796 Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 11 Sep 1861 Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 6423297

U.S. Congressman, Massachusetts Governor. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced to practice law in Lanesboro, Massachusetts. He was the register of deeds for Berkshire County, (1824-31), Lanesboro town clerk in 1824 and chairman of the board of commissioners of highways in 1826. In 1831, he was elected as a Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second through the Twenty-fourth Congresses and as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth through Twenty-seventh Congresses, serving until 1853. Not a candidate for re-nomination, he moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1843 and was elected as a Whig the 19th Governor of Massachusetts, serving (1844-51). After his term, he was the judge of the court of common pleas, (1853-58) and a member of a commission to adjust differences between the United States and New Granada. He died at age 65 from accidental gun shot wound.

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  • Added: 17 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6423297
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Nixon Briggs (12 Apr 1796–11 Sep 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6423297, citing Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .