Samuel Beardsley Edit Profile
He taught school and studied law in Rome, New York.
Born in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York Beardsley pursued academic studies. Beardsley served as a lieutenant in the War of 1812, taking part in the defense of Sackets Harbor in 1813. He was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in Watertown, New York.
He was a judge advocate of the New York State Militia. In 1816 Beardsley returned to Rome, New York, and continued the practice of law. He was United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York from 1823 to 1830.
Elected as a Jacksonian to the 22nd Congress, Beardsley was U. S. Representative for the fourteenth district of New York from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1833. During the 23rd and 24th United States Congresses Beardsley served as U. S. Representative for the seventeenth district from March 4, 1833 to March 29, 1836, when he resigned. During the Twenty-fourth Congress he was chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary.
In 1836, Beardsley was elected by the New York State Legislature to the office of New York State Attorney General after his predecessor Greene C. Bronson became a justice of the New York Supreme Court. Elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth United States Congress, Beardsley served as U. S. Representative for the twentieth district from March 4, 1843, to February 29, 1844, when he resigned to accept the appointment as associate justice of the New York Supreme Court. He sat on the bench from 1844 to 1847, and was Chief Justice from June 29 to July 5, 1847.
Afterwards he resumed the practice of law. Beardsley died in Utica, Oneida County, New York on May 6, 1860. He was interred at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, New York.
Member of New York State Senate from 5th district (Democrat), 1822. Member of New York State Senate from 5th district (Democrat), 1822. Member United States House of Representatives from New York, 21st, 25th congresses, 1830-1831, 36.