Freeborn Garrettson Jewett
|Birthplace:||Sharon Litchfield County Connecticut|
|Place of Burial:||Lake View Cemetery Skaneateles Onondaga County New York|
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About Freeborn G. Jewett, US Congress
Freeborn G. Jewett was born in Sharon, Connecticut on August 4, 1791, the fifth child of ten born to Alpheus and Abigail Sears Jewett. Freeborn attended common schools in the Sharon area and began studying law at the age of twenty. Jewett married in 1814 to Ms. Fannie Warner and the couple later had one son, William (born sometime in 1816.) The Jewett family eventually relocated to Skaneateles, New York and it was here that he formed a partnership with a local attorney named James Porter.
Jewett won election to the New York State Assembly in 1826 from Onondaga County, serving one term. Five years later he was elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he also served one term (1831-1833.) Shortly after leaving Congress in 1833 Jewett was honored as the first President of the village of Skaneateles, which had recently been incorporated as a village. After his short stint on the national political scene, Jewett served one year (1838-1839) as the Inspector of Auburn State Prison. In 1845 he was named as an Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court and two years later was named to a seat on the State Court of Appeals.
Jewett was named as Chief Judge of the Appeals Court in 1847 and served as its head until 1850. His tenure on the court ended in 1853, when he resigned because of health concerns. He died on January 27, 1858 and was shortly therea