Samuel Birdsall

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Samuel Birdsall
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
Preceded byGraham H. Chapin
Succeeded byTheron R. Strong
Personal details
BornMay 14, 1791 (1791-05-14)
Hillsdale, New York
DiedFebruary 8, 1872 (1872-02-09) (aged 80)
Waterloo, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Ann Eliza Kendig Birdsall
ChildrenElizabeth Lucinda Birdsall Wheeler
Franklin Samuel Birdsall
Walter Birdsall
Military service
Branch/serviceNew York Militia
Unit21st Division of Infantry

Samuel Birdsall (May 14, 1791 – February 8, 1872) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Hillsdale, New York, Birdsall attended the common schools, and studied law in the office of Martin Van Buren. He was admitted to the bar in 1812 and commenced practice in Cooperstown, New York.

He married Ann Eliza Kendig and they had three children, Elizabeth Lucinda, Franklin Samuel, and Walter.[1]

Birdsall served as a master in chancery in 1815, and moved to Waterloo, New York in 1817. In 1819 he was commissioned Judge Advocate of the New York Militia's 21st Division with the rank of colonel.[2] He was counselor in the supreme court and solicitor in chancery in 1823. He served as surrogate court judge of Seneca County from 1827 to 1837 and was a state bank commissioner in 1832.

Elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress, Birdsall was United States Representative for the twenty-fifth district of New York from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1839.[3] Not a candidate for renomination in 1838, Birdsall was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1838; and served as district attorney of Seneca County in 1846. He was Postmaster of Waterloo, New York from 1853 to 1863.


Birdsall died in Waterloo on February 8, 1872 (age 80 years, 270 days). He is interred at Maple Grove Cemetery in Waterloo.[4]


  1. ^ "Samuel Birdsall". Find A Grave. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Samuel Birdsall". Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Samuel Birdsall". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Samuel Birdsall". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 September 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Graham H. Chapin
Representative of the 25th Congressional District of New York
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
Succeeded by
Theron R. Strong

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website