DE WITT, Alexander, (1798 - 1879)


DE WITT, Alexander, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in New Braintree, Mass., April 2, 1798; pursued an academic course; engaged in textile manufacturing in Oxford; member of the State house of representatives 1830-1836; served in the State senate in 1842, 1844, 1850, and 1851; member of the State constitutional convention in 1853; elected as a Free-Soil candidate to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as a candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; resumed the manufacture of textiles; died in Oxford, Worcester County, Mass., January 13, 1879; interment in South Cemetery.