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Zephaniah Swift

congressman , jurist

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