Augustus C. Hand

Augustus C. Hand, Congressman and Judge.

Augustus Cincinnatus Hand (September 4, 1803 Shoreham, Addison County, Vermont – March 8, 1878 Elizabethtown, New York, Essex County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He studied law in at Litchfield Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1828, and commenced practice at Crown Point, New York. He removed to Elizabethtown in 1831, and was Surrogate of Essex County from 1831 to 1839.

Hand was elected as a Democrat to the 26th United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1839, to March 3, 1841.

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1845 to 1847, sitting in the 68th, 69th and 70th New York State Legislatures.

He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court (4th District) from 1847 to 1855, and ex officio a judge of the New York Court of Appeals in 1855. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.

He was a delegate to the 1868 Democratic National Convention. He resumed the practice of his profession.

He was buried in the family cemetery in Elizabethtown, NY.

State Senator Matthew Hale (1829–1897) was married to his daughter Ellen S. Hand (c.1835–1867).


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Palmer (1785–1840)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas A. Tomlinson
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Sidney Lawrence
New York State Senate
Fourth District (Class 2)

Succeeded by
district abolished