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Erastus Root

Erastus Root, American congressman. member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from New York, 8th, 11th, 14th, 22nd congresses, 1803-1805, 09-11, 15-17, 31-33; member of New York State Senate, 1812-1815, 40-44.

Background

  • Root, Erastus was born on March 16, 1773 in Hebron, Connecticut, United States. Son of William and Zerviah (Baldwin) Root.

  • Education

    • Graduate Dartmouth, 1793.

    Career

    • Member of New York State Assembly, 1798-1802, 18-22, 30. Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from New York, 8th, 11th, 14th, 22nd congresses, 1803-1805, 09-11, 15-17, 31-33. Member of New York State Senate, 1812-1815, 40-44.

      Delegate New York Constitutional Convention from Delaware County, 1821. Lieutenant governor New York, 1823-1824. Served to major general New York Militia.

      Author: An Introduction to Arithmetic for the Use of Common Schools (first school book to teach decimal system of coinage), 1796.

    Works

    • Author: An Introduction to Arithmetic for the Use of Common Schools (first school book to teach decimal system of coinage), 1796.

    Membership

    Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from New York, 8th, 11th, 14th, 22nd congresses, 1803-1805, 09-11, 15-17, 31-33. Member of New York State Senate, 1812-1815, 40-44.

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Stockton, October 4, 1806, 5 children.
    • father: William Root
    • mother: Zerviah (Baldwin) Root
    • spouse: Elizabeth Stockton
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    Died December 24, 1846
    (aged 73)
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