INGHAM, Samuel, (1793 - 1881)


INGHAM, Samuel, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Hebron, Conn., September 5, 1793; attended the common schools in Vermont; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in Canaan, Vt.; moved to Jewett City, Conn., and subsequently, in 1819, to Essex (then part of Saybrook), Conn., and continued the practice of his profession; State’s attorney for Middlesex County 1827-1835 and again in 1843 and 1844; member of the State house of representatives in 1828, 1834, 1851, and 1852 and served as speaker in 1851 and 1852; judge of probate 1829-1833; judge of the Middlesex County Court 1849-1853; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1839); chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; served in the State senate 1843-1850; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in 1854; United States commissioner of customs from December 5, 1857, to May 14, 1861; resumed the practice of law; died in Essex, Middlesex County, Conn., November 10, 1881; interment in River View Cemetery.