logo logo

Jonathan Dayton

Jonathan Dayton was a US senator. The city of Dayton, Ohio, was named for him.


  • He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1776. He studied law.


  • He was admitted to the bar. During the Revolutionary War he served in the Third and later the Second New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Army (1776-1783), attaining the rank of captain. He was taken prisoner at Elizabethtown, N.J., and later exchanged.

    He was a member of the State general assembly in 1786-1787, 1790, and served as speaker in 1790.

    He was a delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention in 1787 and signed the Constitution.

    He was also a delegate to the Continental Congress 1787-1788.

    He was a member of the State council in 1790.

    He was elected to the Second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1791-March 3, 1799).

    He served as a Speaker of the House of Representatives (Fourth and Fifth Congresses).

    He was a chairman for the Committee on Elections (Third Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1798, having become a candidate for the United States Senate. He was elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1799, to March 3, 1805.

    In 1807 he was arrested on the charge of conspiring with Aaron Burr in treasonable projects but subsequently released and never brought to trial.

    He was a member of the New Jersey assembly in 1814-1815.


  • father: Elias Dayton
See on larger map
Born October 16, 1760
Died October 9, 1824
(aged 63)


Inna Lisetskaya last changed 28/05/2012 view changes
  • Gender
  • Death date
  • Death month
  • Death day
  • General Info
  • Religious beliefs
  • Views and World outlook
  • Quotations
  • Party affiliation description
  • Favorite Sports & Clubs
  • Favorite Athletes
  • Ethnicity details
  • School description
  • College/University Description
  • Favorite Political Figures
  • Favorite Philosophers & Thinkers
  • Favorite Music & Bands
  • favoriteMusicArtists
  • Favorite writers
  • Favorite Artists
  • Other interests
  • Career Description
Edit Profile