DAGGETT, David, (1764 - 1851)

Senate Years of Service: 1813-1819
Party: Federalist

Library of Congress

DAGGETT, David, a Senator from Connecticut; born in Attleboro, Mass., December 31, 1764; pursued preparatory studies and graduated from Yale College in 1783; taught in a private school and also in the Hopkins Grammar School; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1786 and commenced practice in New Haven, Conn.; member, State house of representatives 1791-1796, and served as speaker 1794-1796; member, State council or upper house 1797; member, State house of representatives 1805; again served in the State council 1809-1813; State’s attorney for New Haven County 1811-1813; elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Chauncey Goodrich and served from May 13, 1813, to March 3, 1819; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1818; resumed the practice of law; associate instructor in the New Haven Law School in 1824; appointed in 1826 to the Kent professorship of law in Yale College, in which capacity he served until 1848; judge of the State supreme court 1826-1832, and then served as chief judge until 1834; mayor of New Haven in 1828; retired from public life; died in New Haven, Conn., on April 12, 1851; interment in Grove Street Cemetery.


Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.