Selah B. Strong

Selah B. Strong
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byCharles A. Floyd
Succeeded byJohn W. Lawrence
Personal details
Born(1792-05-01)May 1, 1792
Brookhaven, New York
DiedNovember 29, 1872(1872-11-29) (aged 80)
Setauket-East Setauket, New York
Political partyDemocratic

Selah Brewster Strong (May 1, 1792 Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York – November 29, 1872 Setauket, Suffolk Co, NY) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was born on May 1, 1792[1] at Brookhaven, New York, the son of Judge Thomas Sheppard Strong and Hannah Brewster. His mother was the daughter of Joseph Brewster, of Setauket and Rebecca Mills. She was also a descendant of Elder William Brewster, (c. 1567 – April 10, 1644), the Pilgrim leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony and a passenger on the Mayflower, through his son Jonathan Brewster. [This lineage appeared in some genealogies of the Strong family. However, she was actually descended from Rev. Nathaniel Brewster of New Haven and his wife Sarah Ludlow. They died in the Town of Brookhaven.] She was also a descendant of Lt. Gov. Roger Ludlow.

He was also a descendant of Lion Gardiner, an early English settler and soldier in the New World, founded the first English settlement in what became the state of New York. His legacy includes Gardiners Island which remains in the family and is the largest privately owned island in the United States.[2][3] He graduated from Yale College in 1811.[1] He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1814, and commenced practice in New York City.

He married on August 14, 1823, Cornelia Udall, who was born at Islip, Long Island, New York on March 20, 1806 the daughter of Dr. Richard Udall and Prudence Carll, dau. of Silas Carll of Huntington, Long Island, New York.[1] She was the sister of Richard Udall, who studied law under Strong.

During the War of 1812 he was commissioned as an ensign and quartermaster in the 10th Regiment, Third Brigade, New York City and County Troops, and in 1815 was promoted successively to lieutenant and captain. He was master in chancery in 1817, moved to Brookhaven in 1820, and was District Attorney of Suffolk County from 1821 to 1847, except for nine months in 1830. He was appointed judge advocate of the First Division of the New York State Infantry in 1825.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 28th United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1845. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law. In March 1846, he was appointed Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit, but did not take office. He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court (2nd District] from 1847 to 1849 and from 1852 to 1859, and was ex officio a judge of the New York Court of Appeals in 1849 and 1859. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1867–68. He died in 1872; interment was on his estate.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Dwight, 623
  2. ^ Gardiner, 84
  3. ^ Lamb, 637


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles A. Floyd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John W. Lawrence