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Samuel Birdsall
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
Preceded by Graham H. Chapin
Succeeded by Theron R. Strong
Personal details
Born May 14, 1791 (1791-05-14)
Hillsdale, New York
Died February 8, 1872 (1872-02-09) (aged 80)
Waterloo, New York
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Ann Eliza Kendig Birdsall
Children Elizabeth Lucinda Birdsall Wheeler
Franklin Samuel Birdsall
Walter Birdsall
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Service/branch New York Militia
Rank Colonel
Unit 21st Division of Infantry

Samuel Birdsall (May 14, 1791 – February 8, 1872) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Born in Hillsdale, New York, Birdsall attended the common schools and studied law in the office of Martin Van Buren. He was admitted to the bar in 1812 and commenced practice in Cooperstown, New York.

He married Ann Eliza Kendig and they had three children, Elizabeth Lucinda, Franklin Samuel, and Walter.[1]

Birdsall served as a master in chancery in 1815 and moved to Waterloo, New York in 1817. In 1819 he was commissioned Judge Advocate of the New York Militia's 21st Division with the rank of colonel.[2] He was counselor in the supreme court and solicitor in chancery in 1823. He served as surrogate court judge of Seneca County from 1827 to 1837 and was a state bank commissioner in 1832.

Elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress, Birdsall was United States Representative for the twenty-fifth district of New York from March 4, 1837, to March 3, 1839.[3] Not a candidate for renomination in 1838, Birdsall was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1838; and served as district attorney of Seneca County in 1846. He was Postmaster of Waterloo, New York from 1853 to 1863.

Death[edit | edit source]

Birdsall died in Waterloo on February 8, 1872 (age 80 years, 270 days). He is interred at Maple Grove Cemetery in Waterloo.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Samuel Birdsall". Find A Grave. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7654817. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. "Samuel Birdsall". Rootsweb.Ancestry.com. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyseneca/militia.htm. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  3. "Samuel Birdsall". Govtrack US Congress. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/samuel_birdsall/401464. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  4. "Samuel Birdsall". The Political Graveyard. http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/birdsall-biship.html. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Samuel Birdsall at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Graham H. Chapin
Representative of the 25th Congressional District of New York
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
Succeeded by
Theron R. Strong

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