Asa ADGATE, Congress, NY (1767-1832)


ADGATE, Asa, a Representative from New York; born in Canaan, N.Y., November 17, 1767; in 1793 moved to what became known as Adgates Falls, on the Ausable River, then in the township of Peru, Clinton County, N.Y. (now Ausable Chasm, Chesterfield Township, Essex County, N.Y.), where he engaged in the manufacture of iron and agricultural pursuits; upon the organization of the town of Peru in 1793 was elected town clerk and reelected in 1794; supervisor in 1795; assessor in 1796 and 1797; commissioner of schools in 1798; member of the State general assembly from Clinton County in 1798; lieutenant of Infantry, Clinton County, New York Militia, in 1798 and 1799; named by Gov. John Jay, of New York, March 9, 1799, in the first commission of the peace for Essex County, as one of the judges of the court of common pleas and served for several years; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Benjamin Pond and served from June 7, 1815, to March 3, 1817; was not a candidate for renomination in 1816; resumed his former occupations; again a member of the State general assembly from Essex County, in 1823; died at Ausable Chasm, Chesterfield Township, Essex County, N.Y., February 15, 1832; interment in Ausable Chasm Cemetery, Ausable Township, Clinton County, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present