Obadiah German

Obadiah German

Birth
Amenia, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Death 24 Sep 1842 (aged 76)
Norwich, Chenango County, New York, USA
Burial North Norwich, Chenango County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 7090825 · View Source
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US Senator. Became a lawyer in 1792 and practiced in Norwich, Chenango County, New York. He served in the State Assembly in 1798, 1804-1805, and 1807-1809. He was a member of the Democratic-Republican party and an ally of DeWitt Clinton. He
was elected to the United States Senate in 1808, and served from March 4, 1809 to March 3, 1815. He was known as a critic of the lack of military preparations made in advance of the War of 1812, and voted against the declaration of war. In 1812 he was one of the founding trustees of Hamilton College. After leaving the Senate, he was judge of Chenango County from 1815 to 1819. As a DeWitt Clinton supporter, he also played a role in the construction of the Erie Canal after being appointed state commissioner of public works in 1817. He returned to the Assembly in 1819, and served as speaker. He was also a militia officer, eventually becoming a major general. After leaving the Assembly, he returned to the practice of law. He became a Whig when that party was organized. The town of German, New York is named for him.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7090825
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Obadiah German (22 Apr 1766–24 Sep 1842), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7090825, citing North Norwich Cemetery, North Norwich, Chenango County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .