Asa Adgate

Asa Adgate
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th district
In office
December 7, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Preceded byZebulon Shipherd
Succeeded byJohn Palmer
Personal details
BornNovember 17, 1767
Canaan, New York
DiedFebruary 15, 1832 (aged 64)
Ausable Chasm
Nationality United States
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Annar (Anna) Allen Adgate Anna Waterman Adgate
ChildrenTheodore Adgate

Julia F. Adgate

Eunice Baldwin Adgate

Asa Adgate

Catherine Warner Adgate

Asa Adgate (November 17, 1767 – February 15, 1832) was an iron manufacturer, farmer, and local government official who was selected to fill the vacancy in the United States House of Representatives caused by the death of Benjamin Pond.


Adgate was born in Canaan, New York in 1767 the son of Judge Matthew Adgate and Eunice Baldwin Adgate. He married Annar (Anna) Allen on January 28, 1798, and they had four children, Theodore, Julia, Eunice, and Asa. He married Anna Waterman on August 22, 1819, and they had one daughter, Catherine.[1]


In 1793, Adgate moved to what became known as Adgates Falls (now Ausable Chasm) in New York, and engaged in the manufacture of iron and agricultural pursuits there. The same year, the town of Peru, New York, was reorganized, and Adgate was elected to the office of town clerk, and reelected to the same office in 1794. He continued to serve in a number of positions, including supervisor in 1795, assessor from 1796 to 1797, as well as commissioner of schools in 1798. That same year, he was elected to the New York State Assembly. He also served as a lieutenant of infantry in the New York State Militia in 1798 and 1799. In 1799, he was appointed by New York Governor John Jay to the first commission of the peace for Essex County, New York, to be one of the judges of the court of common pleas. He remained in that position for several years.[2]

In 1815, Adgate was elected as a Democratic-Republican to fill the vacancy in the United States House of Representatives caused by the death of Benjamin Pond and served in that body for the remainder of the term, from December 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817.[3] He chose not to run for reelection, and resumed his earlier occupations, including another term in the New York State Assembly in 1823.


Adgate died in Ausable Chasm, Chesterfield Township, Essex County, New York, on February 15, 1832 (age 64 years, 90 days). He is interred at Ausable Chasm Cemetery, Ausable Township, Clinton County, New York.[4]


  1. ^ "Asa Adgate". Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Asa Adgate". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Asa Adgate". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Asa Adgate". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 17 July 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elisha I. Winter,
Zebulon R. Shipherd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

with John Savage
Succeeded by
John Savage,
John Palmer