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Josiah Gardner Abbott

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Chelmsford
Death: June 2, 1891 (76)
Wellesley Hills
Place of Burial: Saint Marys Cemetery Newton Lower Falls Middlesex County Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Caleb Abbott and Mercy Abbott
Husband of Caroline Abbott
Father of Caroline Mercy Derby; Maj. Edward G. Abbott (USA); Brevet Brig. Gen. Henry Livermore Abbott (USA); Capt. Fletcher Abbott (USA); William Stackpole Abbott and 6 others

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About Josiah G. Abbott, U.S. Congress

Josiah Gardner Abbott (November 1, 1814 – June 2, 1891) was an American politician who served in the Massachusetts General Court and as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Abbott was born in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and attended the Chelmsford Academy in Concord. He graduated from Harvard University in 1832 with an LL.D. degree, and then attended Williams College in Williamstown.

Following his schooling, Abbott worked as a teacher and a lawyer, then became a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1836 and a member of the Massachusetts State Senate from 1841 to 1842. He was an aide to Governor Marcus Morton in 1843. From 1850 to 1855 he was a master in chancery. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts state constitutional convention, justice of the superior court for Suffolk County, an overseer of Harvard University, and several times was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for United States Senator.

In 1860, Abbott declined an appointment to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and in 1861 declined the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. He finally was victorious as a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives, and served from July 28, 1876 to March 3, 1877. He was a member of the Electoral Commission created by the act of Congress approved January 29, 1877, to decide the presidential election of 1876.

Upon leaving the Congress, he returned to the practice of law. He died in Wellesley Hills, and was interred in St. Mary's Church Cemetery, in nearby Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts.

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Josiah G. Abbott, U.S. Congress's Timeline

November 1, 1814
April 25, 1839
Age 24
September 29, 1840
Age 25
January 21, 1842
Age 27
Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
February 18, 1843
Age 28
November 18, 1844
Age 30
March 6, 1846
Age 31
May 14, 1850
Age 35
May 6, 1852
Age 37