GORHAM, Benjamin, (1775 - 1855)


GORHAM, Benjamin, (son of Nathaniel Gorham), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Charlestown, Mass., February 13, 1775; pursued preparatory studies; was graduated from Harvard University in 1795; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Boston, Mass.; member of the State house of representatives 1814-1818; served in the State senate from May 26, 1819, to January 10, 1821, when he resigned; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jonathan Mason; reelected as Republican to the Seventeenth Congress and served from November 6, 1820, to March 3, 1823; again a member of the State senate for one term beginning May 28, 1823; elected as an Adams candidate to the Twentieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Daniel Webster; reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress and served from July 23, 1827, to March 3, 1831; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); again a member of the State house of representatives in 1841; resumed the practice of law; died in Boston, Mass., September 27, 1855; interment in the old burial ground of Phipps Street Cemetery, Charlestown, Mass.