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BETTS, Thaddeus, lawyer, born in Norwalk, Connecticut; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 8 April 1840, he was graduated at Yale in 1807, as was his father in 1745, was admitted to the bar and began practice in Norwalk. He was a Whig in politics, and after holding many places of public trust, including the lieut.-governorship of the state, he was elected United States senator on the nomination of the Whig party, to serve for six years, beginning 4 March 1839. Notwithstanding failing health, he creditably fulfilled his duties as senator until a few days before his death.
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