TUCK, Amos, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Parsonsfield, Maine, August 2, 1810; attended Effingham and Hampton Academies; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1835; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in Exeter, N.H.; trustee of Dartmouth College; principal of Hampton Academy 1836-1838; member of the State house of representatives in 1842; elected as an Independent to the Thirtieth Congress, as a Free-Soil candidate to the Thirty-first Congress, and as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1856 and 1860; delegate to the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; naval officer of the port of Boston 1861-1865; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in railroad building; died in Exeter, N.H., December 11, 1879; interment in Exeter Cemetery.
BibliographyTuck, Amos. Autobiographical Memoir of Amos Tuck. [Paris?]: N. P., 1902; Gregg, Hugh. Birth of the Republican Party: A Summary of Historical Research on Amos Tuck and the Birthplace of the Republican Party at Exeter, New Hampshire. Nashua, N. H.: Resources of New Hampshire, 1995.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present