George Abel SIMMONS, Congress, NY (1791-1857)


SIMMONS, George Abel, a Representative from New York; born in Lyme, N.H., September 8, 1791; attended the district school; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1816; moved to Lansingburg, Rensselaer County, N.Y., and was principal of the local academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Keeseville, Essex County, N.Y.; member of the state assembly 1840-1842; member of the state constitutional convention in 1846; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Thirty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1856; resumed the practice of his profession in Keeseville, N.Y., where he died October 27, 1857; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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