Victory Birdseye Edit Profile
He graduated from Williams College in 1804. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1807, and commenced practice in partnership with Daniel Wood, Esquire, in Pompey Hill, New York until 1814.
His great-grandson Clarence Birdseye developed the process for freezing food and founded Birds Eye Frozen Foods. Elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 14th United States Congress, Birdseye held the office of United States Representative for the nineteenth district of New York from March 4, 1815, to March 3, 1817. Birdseye was Postmaster of Pompey Hill from 1817 to 1838, D.A. of Onondaga County from 1818 to 1833, and a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821.
Birdseye served as the special counsel to conduct prosecution in the trial of parties for the alleged abduction of William Morgan, a man who threatened exposure of the Freemason's secrets and whose disappearance brought about powerful anti-masonic sentiments in the U.S., sparking the formation of the Anti-Masonic Party. While serving the latter term, Birdseye drafted and ushered through a bill that provided for the rescue of New York State citizens who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery. Under the provisions of that law, Solomon Northup, who had been enslaved in Louisiana, was restored to freedom in 1853.
Elected as a Whig to the 27th United States Congress, Birdseye held the office of U. S. Representative for the twenty-third district of New York from March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1843. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law. He died on September 16, 1853, in Pompey, Onondaga County, New York.
And was buried at the Pompey Hill Cemetery there.
Member United States Ho. Member of New York State Assembly, 1823, 38-40. Member of New York State Senate, 1827</td><tr><td class="label_burgverd11px"><b>Death</b></td></tr><tr><td> Died Pompey, New York, Sept.