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William Augustus Sackett (November 18, 1811 – September 6, 1895) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

William A. Sackett
William A. Sackett (New York Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
In office
1849–1853
Preceded byEsbon Blackmar
Succeeded byJohn J. Taylor
Personal details
Born
William Augustus Sackett

(1811-11-18)November 18, 1811
Aurelius, New York
DiedSeptember 6, 1895(1895-09-06) (aged 83)
Saratoga Springs, New York
Political party

BiographyEdit

Born in Aurelius, near Auburn, New York, Sackett attended private schools and Aurora Academy. He moved to Seneca Falls in 1831.

Sackett studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1834 and commenced practice in Seneca Falls.

He was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853). Sackett spoke frequently against the extension of slavery into United States territories and advocated the immediate admission of California to the Union as a free state.

After leaving Congress he resumed the practice of law in Seneca Falls. He moved to Saratoga Springs in 1857.

During the American Civil War his son William H. Sackett (1838–1864) was Colonel and commander of the 9th New York Cavalry. The younger Sackett was killed at the Battle of Trevilian Station.

Sackett joined the Republican Party at its founding and was appointed a federal Register in Bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Act of 1867. Afterwards, he was usually referred to as Judge Sackett to recognize the nature of his federal position.

He died in Saratoga Springs on September 6, 1895, and was interred in that town's Greenridge Cemetery.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "William A. Sackett (id: S000007)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-10-19
  • William A. Sackett at Find a Grave
  • Boston History Company, Our County and Its People: A Descriptive and Biographical Record of Saratoga County, New York, Biography of William A. Sackett, 1899
  • New York Times, Obituary, William A. Sackett, September 7, 1895
  • New York Times, Death of Col. Sackett, July 21, 1864
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Esbon Blackmar
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

1849–1853
Succeeded by
John J. Taylor

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