SIBLEY, Solomon, (1769 - 1846)


SIBLEY, Solomon, (father of Henry Hastings Sibley), a Delegate from the Territory of Michigan; born in Sutton, Mass., October 7, 1769; completed preparatory studies, and in 1794 was graduated from the College of Rhode Island at Providence; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1795 and commenced practice in Marietta, Ohio; moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1797 and continued the practice of law; was a member of the Territorial legislature of Northwest Territory in 1799; mayor of Detroit, Mich., in 1806; president of the board of trustees of Detroit in 1815; auditor of Michigan Territory 1814-1817; United States attorney, Michigan Territory, by appointment of President Madison 1815-1823; elected to the Sixteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William W. Woodbridge; reelected to the Seventeenth Congress and served from November 20, 1820, to March 3, 1823; was not a candidate for reelection in 1822; judge of the supreme court of Michigan Territory 1824-1837; resumed the practice of law; died in Detroit, Mich., April 4, 1846; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.