BIRDSALL, Samuel, (1791 - 1872)


BIRDSALL, Samuel, a Representative from New York; born in Hillsdale, Columbia County, N.Y., May 14, 1791; attended the common schools; studied law in the office of Martin Van Buren; was admitted to the bar in 1812 and commenced practice in Cooperstown, N.Y.; master in chancery in 1815; moved to Waterloo, N.Y., in 1817; division judge advocate with rank of colonel in 1819; counselor in the supreme court and solicitor in chancery in 1823; surrogate of Seneca County 1827-1837; bank commissioner in 1832; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); was not a candidate for renomination in 1838; admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1838; district attorney of Seneca County in 1846; postmaster of Waterloo, Seneca County, N.Y., 1853-1863; died in Waterloo, N.Y., February 8, 1872; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.