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Asahel Stearns

Asahel Stearns, American congressman, lawyer. member United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts, 14th Congress, 1815-1817; member Massachusetts Senate, 1830-1831.

Background

  • Stearns, Asahel was born on June 17, 1774 in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Honorary Josiah and Mary (Carey) Stearns.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Harvard, 1797.

    Career

    • Appointed district attorney for Middlesex County (Massachusetts), 1813-1815, 17-32. Member United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts, 14th Congress, 1815-1817. Representative in Massachusetts General Court, 1817-1818.

      Member Massachusetts Senate, 1830-1831. Professor of law Harvard Law School, 1817-1829. A commissioner to make 1st revision Massachusetts statutes, 1832.

      Author: A Summary of the Law and Practice of Real Actions (series of lectures which became pioneer American law book), 1824. The Revised Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (result of commission), 1836. Compiler (with Lemuel Shaw) Private and Special Statutes of … Massachusetts, vols.

      4, 5, 1823.

    Works

    • Author: A Summary of the Law and Practice of Real Actions (series of lectures which became pioneer American law book), 1824. The Revised Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (result of commission), 1836. Compiler (with Lemuel Shaw) Private and Special Statutes of … Massachusetts, vols.

      4, 5, 1823.

    Membership

    Member United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts, 14th Congress, 1815-1817. Member Massachusetts Senate, 1830-1831.

    Connections

    • Married Frances Whitney, 1800, at least 2 children.
    • father: Honorary Josiah Stearns
    • mother: Mary (Carey) Stearns
    • spouse: Frances Whitney
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    Died February 5, 1839
    (aged 64)
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