BELCHER, Hiram, (1790 - 1857)


BELCHER, Hiram, a Representative from Maine; born in Hallowell, Maine, February 23, 1790; attended the rural schools and the local academy at Hallowell 1805-1807; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Farmington, Kennebec County, Maine, in 1812; elected town clerk of Farmington and served from 1814 to 1819; member of the State house of representatives in 1822, 1829, and 1832; served in the State senate in 1838 and 1839; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Thirtieth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; engaged in the practice of his profession until his death in Farmington, Maine, May 6, 1857; interment in Center Meeting House Cemetery.