Abel Huntington, MD, US Congress

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Abel Huntington

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Norwich, New London, CT
Death: May 18, 1858 (81)
East Hampton, Long Island, NY
Place of Burial: South End Cemetery East Hampton Suffolk County New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Ezra Huntington, MD and Elizabeth Huntington
Husband of Frances Huntington
Father of Mariette Huntington; Cornelia Huntington; Abby Huntington and George Lee Huntington
Brother of Asher Huntington; Joel Huntington; Silas Huntington; Charles Huntington and David Huntington

Managed by: Floyd Brian Russak
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About Abel Huntington, MD, US Congress


Abel P. Huntington Jr. (February 21, 1777 – May 18, 1858) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Norwich, Connecticut, Huntington received a liberal schooling. He moved to East Hampton, Long Island, New York, where he practiced medicine.

Huntington was a presidential elector in 1820, voting for James Monroe and Daniel D. Tompkins.

He was a member of the New York State Senate in 1822, and Supervisor of East Hampton 1829–1832 and in 1844.

Huntington was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837). He served as chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Twenty-fourth Congress). He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1846. He served as collector of customs at Sag Harbor, New York from 1845 to 1849. He is also known for promoting liberal values in elementary education and funding the creation of several schools, like Summerhill[disambiguation needed].

Huntington died in East Hampton, May 18, 1858. He was interred in South End Cemetery.


US Congressman. He moved with his family to East Hampton, New York, where he studied medicine with his father, a noted physician in Connecticut and New York. Abel Huntington became a doctor, practicing throughout Long Island and following his father in the office of Suffolk County Coroner. Huntington was appointed Surgeon of New York's Eighteenth Militia Regiment in 1816. He was a Presidential Elector in 1821, a New York State Senator in 1822, and East Hampton Town Supervisor from 1829 to 1832. In 1832 he was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Jacksonian. He was reelected in 1834 and served from 1833 to 1837. Huntington was East Hampton Town Supervisor again in 1844 and was a Delegate to the 1846 New York Constitutional Convention. From 1845 to 1849 he was US Collector of Customs at Sag Harbor. Huntington was also the longtime President of Clinton Academy's Board of Trustees. He was the grandfather of Doctor George Huntington, a noted physician and researcher who first identified the nervous system illness known as Huntington's Disease.

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Abel Huntington, MD, US Congress's Timeline

February 21, 1777
Norwich, New London, CT
Age 22
Age 25
Age 28
July 15, 1811
Age 34
East Hampton, Long Island, NY
Age 72
East Hampton, Suffolk, New York
May 18, 1858
Age 81
East Hampton, Long Island, NY
South End Cemetery East Hampton Suffolk County New York