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Zephaniah Swift

Zephaniah Swift, American congressman, jurist. member Connecticut General Assembly, 1787-1793, clerk lower house for 4 sessions, speaker, 1792; member United States House of Representatives from Connecticut, 3d-4th congresses, 1793-1797; member of council Connecticut General Assembly, circa 1801; member Connecticut House of Representatives, 1820-1822.

Background

  • Swift, Zephaniah was born on February 27, 1759 in Wareham, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Roland and Mary (Dexter) Swift.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1778, Master of Arts, 1781.

    Career

    • Bar; member Connecticut General Assembly, 1787-1793, clerk lower house for 4 sessions, speaker, 1792. Member United States House of Representatives from Connecticut, 3d-4th congresses, 1793-1797. Secretary to Oliver Ellsworth on mission to France, 1800.

      Member of council Connecticut General Assembly, circa 1801. Vigorous opponent of slavery. Judge Connecticut Supreme Court, 1801-1810, chief justice, 1806-1819.

      Supported Hartford Convention, 1814. Member Connecticut House of Representatives, 1820-1822. Author: Oration of Domestic Slavery, 1791.

      System of the Laws of Connecticut, 1795-1796.

    Works

    • Author: Oration of Domestic Slavery, 1791. System of the Laws of Connecticut, 1795-1796.

    Membership

    Member Connecticut General Assembly, 1787-1793, clerk lower house for 4 sessions, speaker, 1792. Member United States House of Representatives from Connecticut, 3d-4th congresses, 1793-1797. Member of council Connecticut General Assembly, circa 1801.

    Member Connecticut House of Representatives, 1820-1822.

    Connections

    • Married Jerusha Watrous before 1792. Married second, Lucretia Webb, March 14, 1795.
    • father: Roland Swift
    • mother: Mary (Dexter) Swift
    • spouses: Jerusha Watrous before 1792
    • Lucretia Webb
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    Born February 27, 1759
    Died September 27, 1823
    (aged 64)
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