Silas HALSEY, Congress, NY (1743-1832)


HALSEY, Silas, (father of Jehiel Howell Halsey and Nicoll Halsey), a Representative from New York; born in Southampton, Long Island, N.Y., October 6, 1743 (old style); attended the public schools; studied medicine at Elizabethtown (later Elizabeth), N.J.; returned to Southampton and practiced medicine from 1764 to 1776; resided three years in Killingsworth, Conn., during the Revolutionary War, when he again returned to Southampton, N.Y.; undersheriff of Suffolk County 1784-1787; sheriff 1787-1792; moved to Herkimer County in 1793, settled in what is now the town of Lodi, Seneca County, and continued the practice of medicine; also erected and operated a grist mill; supervisor of the town of Ovid 1794-1804; member of the State assembly from Onondaga County in 1797 and 1798 and from Cayuga County in 1800, 1801, 1803, and 1804; member of the State constitutional convention in 1801; clerk of Seneca County 1804-1813 and 1815; elected as a Republican to the Ninth Congress (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1807); served in the State senate in 1808 and 1809; engaged in farming; died at Lodi, Seneca County, N.Y., November 19, 1832; interment in Old Halsey Cemetery, South Lodi, N.Y.

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