Jeremiah NELSON, Congress, MA (1769-1838)


NELSON, Jeremiah, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Rowley, Essex County, Mass., September 14, 1769; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1790; engaged in the mercantile business in Newburyport, Essex County, Mass.; member of the general court of Massachusetts in 1803 and 1804; elected as a Federalist to the Ninth Congress (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1807); was not a candidate for renomination in 1806 to the Tenth Congress; chairman board of selectmen of Newburyport in 1811; elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth and to the three succeeding Congresses and reelected as an Adams-Clay Federalist to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1825); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1824 to the Nineteenth Congress; president of the Newburyport Mutual Fire Insurance Co. in 1829; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1833); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1832; engaged in the shipping business; died in Newburyport, Mass., October 2, 1838; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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