STEDMAN, William, (1765 - 1831)


STEDMAN, William, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Cambridge, Mass., January 21, 1765; was graduated from Harvard University in 1784; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1787 and practiced in Lancaster, Charlestown, and Worcester; appointed justice of the peace in 1790; town clerk of Lancaster 1795-1800; member of the State house of representatives in 1802; executive chancellor of Lancaster, 1803-1807; elected as a Federalist to the Eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1803, until his resignation July 16, 1810; clerk of Worcester County Courts 1810-1816; late in life moved to Newburyport, Essex County, Mass., where he died August 31, 1831; interment in Old Hill Burying Ground.