Simeon B. Chittenden

Simeon B. Chittenden
Simeon Baldwin Chittenden & Mary Elizabeth Hartwell.jpg
Oil Portraits of Simeon Baldwin Chittenden & Mary Elizabeth Hartwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd district
In office
November 3, 1874 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byStewart L. Woodford
Succeeded byJ. Hyatt Smith
Personal details
Simeon Baldwin Chittenden

(1814-03-29)March 29, 1814
Guilford, Connecticut
DiedApril 14, 1889(1889-04-14) (aged 75)
Brooklyn, New York
Political partyRepublican
Independent Republican
Spouse(s)Mary Elizabeth Hartwell
ParentsAbel Chittenden
Anna Hart Baldwin Chittenden

Simeon Baldwin Chittenden (March 29, 1814 – April 14, 1889) was a United States Representative from New York.

Early life[edit]

Chittenden was born in Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut on March 29, 1814.[1] He was the son of Abel Chittenden (1779–1816) and Anna Hart (née Baldwin) Chittenden (1784–1845). His siblings included Henry Baldwin Chittenden and Sarah Dudley Chittenden, both of whom died young.

He attended Guilford Academy.[2] In 1871, Chittenden received an honorary M.A. degree from Yale University.[3]


From 1829 to 1842, he engaged in mercantile pursuits in New Haven as a clerk with McCracken & Merriman.[1] In 1842, he moved to New York City and further in pursuit of mercantile business. From 1867 to 1869, he was vice president of the New York City Chamber of Commerce.[2]

Chittenden was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1866 to the 40th United States Congress. He was, however, successful in 1872 where he was elected as an Independent Republican to the Forty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Stewart L. Woodford; he was reelected as an Independent Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress and as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses and served from November 3, 1874 to March 3, 1881. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress and retired from public life.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On May 10, 1837, Chittenden was married to Mary Elizabeth Hartwell (1815–1852), the daughter of Sherman Hartwell and Sophia Todd.[4] His father-in-law was the nephew of American founding father Roger Sherman and his first wife, Elizabeth Hartwell. Together, they were the parents of:[4]

After his first wife's death, he remarried to Cornelia (née Colton) Colton (d. 1884), the daughter of Oren Colton and widow of Rev. Walter Colton (a Chaplain for the United States Navy), in 1854.[4]

He died in Brooklyn on April 14, 1889. He was buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.[2] After his death, he was eulogized by Seth Low.[5] In his will, after bequests to charity, he directed the establishment of two trusts, one for his son and one for his late daughter.[6]


  1. ^ a b Tyler, Edward Royall; Kingsley, William Lathrop; Fisher, George Park; Dwight, Timothy (1889). New Englander and Yale Review. W.L. Kingsley. pp. 45–47. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "CHITTENDEN, Simeon Baldwin - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Simeon Baldwin Chittenden (1814 - 1899), M.A. (Hon.) 1871 | Yale University Art Gallery". Yale University Art Gallery. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dwight, Benjamin Woodbridge (1871). The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass. J. Munsell. p. 596. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  5. ^ "S.B. CHITTENDEN'S MEMORY" (PDF). The New York Times. May 3, 1889. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  6. ^ "S.B. CHITTENDEN'S WILL" (PDF). The New York Times. June 25, 1889. Retrieved 30 January 2019.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Stewart L. Woodford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
J. Hyatt Smith