WHITMAN, Ezekiel, (1776 - 1866)


WHITMAN, Ezekiel, a Representative from Massachusetts and from Maine; born in East Bridgewater, Mass., March 9, 1776; was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1795; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in New Gloucester, Maine (until 1820 a district of Massachusetts), 1799-1807 and in Portland, Maine, 1807-1852; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1806 to the Tenth Congress; elected as a Federalist from Massachusetts to the Eleventh Congress (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1811); member of the executive council in 1815 and 1816; elected to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1821); delegate to the convention in 1819 that framed the first State constitution of Maine; elected to the Seventeenth Congress from Maine and served from March 4, 1821, to June 1, 1822, when he resigned; judge of the court of common pleas of Maine 1822-1841; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; served as chief justice of the Massachusetts State Supreme Court 1841-1848; retired in 1852 and returned to East Bridgewater, Mass., where he died on August 1, 1866.