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Colonel Joseph Cilley

Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: Nottingham, NH, USA
Death: September 16, 1887 (96)
Nottingham, NH, USA
Place of Burial: Nottingham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. Greenleaf Cilley and Jane Cilley
Husband of Elizabeth Plumer Cilley
Father of Nathaniel Williams Cilley; Martha Ann Cilley; Twin Enoch Poor Cilley; Twin Greenleaf Longfellow Cilley; Victoria Elizabeth Williams and 4 others
Brother of Jonathan Cilley; Elizabeth Burleigh and Susan Bartlett

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About Joseph Cilley, U.S. Senator

Joseph Cilley (January 4, 1791 – September 16, 1887) was a United States Senator from New Hampshire.

Cilley was born in Nottingham, New Hampshire, the son of Greenleaf Cilley and his wife Jane Nealy. He was also the grandson of Revolutionary War officer Joseph Cilley after whom he was named. He was the nephew of Bradbury Cilley and brother of Jonathan Cilley. Cilley was educated at Atkinson Academy and joined the army to fight in the War of 1812 as an officer in the 21st Infantry Regiment seeing action at the Battle of Sackett's Harbor and Battle of Chrysler's Farm. Joseph Cilley was severely wounded at the Battle of Lundy's Lane, he was shot through the leg by a musket ball causing a compound fracture. He attained the brevetted rank of captain, was the quartermaster of the New Hampshire Militia in 1817, and the division inspector in 1821.

After his military service Joseph Cilley became an aide-de-camp to Governor Benjamin Pierce in 1827. He was then elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Levi Woodbury and served from June 13, 1846 to March 4, 1847. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846, after which he retired to his farm in Nottingham. He was interred in the general Joseph Cilley Burying Ground in Nottingham Square.

Fought in the War of 1812.

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Joseph Cilley, U.S. Senator's Timeline

January 4, 1791
Nottingham, NH, USA
September 10, 1825
Age 34
April 2, 1827
Age 36
June 4, 1829
Age 38
June 4, 1829
Age 38
September 24, 1831
Age 40
February 15, 1834
Age 43
October 28, 1835
Age 44
July 19, 1838
Age 47