The Road to Civil War

Elijah Babbitt

(July 29, 1795 — January 9, 1887) Elijah Babbitt, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Providence, R.I., July 29, 1795; moved with his parents to New York state in 1805; received an academic education; moved to Milton, Northumberland County, Pa., in 1816; studied law; was admitted to the bar in March 1824 and commenced practice in Milton; moved to Erie, Pa., in 1826 and continued the practice of law; served as attorney for the borough and subsequently for the city of Erie; prosecuting attorney for Erie County in 1833; deputy attorney general for the state in 1834 and 1835; member of the state house of representatives in 1836 and 1837; served in the state senate 1843-1846; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); chair, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Thirty-seventh Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Erie, Pa., January 9, 1887; interment in Erie Cemetery. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

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