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INGHAM, Samuel, lawyer, born in Hebron, Connecticut, 5 September, 1793; died in Essex, Connecticut, 10 November, 1881. He received a good education in Vermont, studied law, was admitted to the bar of Connecticut in 1815, and settled in Saybrook in 1817. From 1827 till 1835, and again in 1843-'4, he was state's attorney for Middlesex county. He was a judge of probate from 1829 till 1833, judge of the Middlesex county court from 1849 till 1853, and a representative in congress from 1835 till 1839, having been elected as a Democrat. He also served in the Connecticut legislature, was its speaker for three years, and for one year clerk of the house of representatives. He was appointed by the state in 1837 an agent to prosecute claims against the United States, and was successful. In 1854 he was an unsuccessful candidate for United States senator. He was appointed commissioner of customs in 1857.
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