Micah Sterling

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Micah Sterling (November 5, 1784 Lyme, New London County, Connecticut – April 11, 1844 Watertown, Jefferson County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


Sterling graduated from Yale College in 1804. Then he studied law at Litchfield Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1809, and commenced practice in Adams, New York, but the same year removed to Watertown and continued the practice of law there. He married Betsey Bronson (1795–1831), and they had five children of whom only John C. Sterling (1820–1903) survived infancy.

Micah Sterling was Treasurer of the Village of Watertown in 1816, and was a director of the Jefferson County Bank. He was elected as a Federalist to the 17th United States Congress, holding office from December 3, 1821, to March 3, 1823. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.

After the death of his first wife, he married Ruth Benedict (1801–1870), and their son was Lewis Benedict Sterling (1836–1899). Micah Sterling was a member of the New York State Senate (5th D.) from 1836 to 1839, sitting in the 59th, 60th, 61st and 62nd New York State Legislatures.

He died of scarlet fever on April 11, 1844, the same day as Egbert Ten Eyck who had succeeded him in Congress, and both were buried at the Brookside Cemetery in Watertown.

Congressman Ansel Sterling was his brother.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Donnison Ford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry C. Martindale
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Robert Lansing
New York State Senate
Fifth District (Class 1)

Succeeded by
Sumner Ely