Samuel Lyman

Samuel Lyman (January 25, 1749 – June 5, 1802) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts.

Samuel Lyman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1795 – November 6, 1800
Preceded byShearjashub Bourne
Peleg Coffin Jr.
(General ticket)
Succeeded byEbenezer Mattoon
Member of the Massachusetts State Senate
In office
1790–1793
Personal details
Born(1749-01-25)January 25, 1749
Goshen, Connecticut Colony, British America
DiedJune 5, 1802(1802-06-05) (aged 53)
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyFederalist
OccupationLawyer

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Goshen in the Connecticut Colony on January 25, 1749. He was the son of Moses Lyman, III (1713–1768) and Sarah (née Hayden) Lyman (1716–1808). His brother, Moses Lyman, IV (1744–1829) served as a colonel in the American Revolution.

He attended Goshen Academy and graduated from Yale College in 1770. He taught school, studied law in Litchfield, Connecticut, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hartford.

Life in MassachusettsEdit

He moved to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1784, was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and served in the Massachusetts State Senate. He was a justice of the court of common pleas of Hampshire County, and was elected as a Federalist to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1795, until November 6, 1800, when he resigned. He died in Springfield on June 5, 1802. His interment was in Goshen, Connecticut.

Other FamilyEdit

Samuel's sister, Anna Lyman (1746–1842), married Gideon Wheeler (1745–1822), also a veteran of the American Revolution. Their daughter, Ruth, married John Savage, Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court. They had a daughter, Mary Ann Savage, who married Ward Hunt, United States Supreme Court Justice. Their daughter, Eliza Stringham Hunt, married Arthur Breese Johnson, a great-grandson of President John Adams and great-nephew of President John Quincy Adams.

ReferencesEdit


  • United States Congress. "Samuel Lyman (id: L000528)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1795 - November 6, 1800
Succeeded by