Samuel Rossiter Betts
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
December 21, 1826 – April 30, 1867
|Appointed by||John Quincy Adams|
|Preceded by||William Peter Van Ness|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Blatchford|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 7th district
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
|Preceded by||Abraham J. Hasbrouck|
|Succeeded by||Josiah Hasbrouck|
|Born||June 8, 1786|
Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
|Died||November 2, 1868 (aged 82)|
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Caroline Abigail Noble Betts|
|Children||George Frederic Betts|
|Alma mater||Williams College|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812|
Afterwards Betts moved to Newburgh, New York, where he continued the practice of law. He was a District Attorney of Orange County, New York from 1821 to 1823, and was the Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit from 1823 to 1827.
On December 19, 1826, Betts was nominated by President John Quincy Adams to the seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by William P. Van Ness. Betts was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 21, 1826, and received his commission the same day. Betts served for over forty years, by far the longest tenure of any judge appointed by John Quincy Adams. He resigned on April 30, 1867.
Family and education
Born in Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Betts graduated from Lenox Academy around 1803, being the first from that institution to enter college. He went on to Williams College, graduating 1806. He then read law in Hudson, New York. He was admitted to the bar in 1807.
Samuel Rossiter Betts married Caroline Abigail Dewey (maiden; 1798–1882), daughter of Daniel Dewey (1766–1815) and Maria Noble (1770–1813). Some sources give Noble as Caroline's maiden name – the maiden name of her mother. Samuel Rossiter Betts and Caroline Abigail Dewey had five children: Maria Caroline Betts (1818-1909); Charles Dewey Betts (1820-1845); Frances Julia Betts (1822-1907); George Frederick Betts (1827-1898); and Emily Betts (1830-1916).
- "Samuel Rossiter Betts". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
- History of the Bench and Bar of New York (Vol. 2), David McAdam, Henry Bischoff, Jr., Jackson O. Dykeman, Joshua M. Van Cott, George G. Reynolds, Richard Henry Clarke (eds.), New York History Company (1897), pps. 43–44
- "Samuel Rossiter Betts". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
- Samuel Rossiter Betts at Find a Grave
- United States Congress. "Samuel Rossiter Betts (id: B000427)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Samuel Rossiter Betts at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
Abraham J. Hasbrouck
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 7th congressional district
|Preceded by |
William Peter Van Ness
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York |