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Julius Rockwell

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Colebrook, Litchfield, CT, USA
Death: May 19, 1888 (83)
Lenox, Berkshire, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Reuben Rockwell and Rebecca Rockwell
Husband of Lucy F Rockwell
Father of William Walker Rockwell; Francis W. Rockwell; Alice Gray Rockwell; Robert Campbell Rockwell and Cornelia Livingston Rockwell
Brother of B. Beebe Rockwell

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About Julius Rockwell, U.S. Senator


Julius Rockwell (April 26, 1805 – May 19, 1888) was a United States politician from Massachusetts, and the father of Francis Williams Rockwell.

Rockwell was born in Colebrook, Connecticut and educated at private schools and then Yale, where he studied law, graduating in 1826. He was admitted to the bar and in 1830 commenced practice in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1834 and served four years, three of them as Speaker. Rockwell was appointed commissioner of the Bank of Massachusetts from 1838 to 1840.

In 1842 he successfully ran as a Whig candidate for the House of Representatives and was re-elected three times, serving from 1843 to 1851. He did not seek renomination in 1850. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1853, and was appointed to the Senate in 1854 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward Everett, serving from June 3, 1854 to January 31, 1855, when his successor Henry Wilson was elected. Rockwell voted in the electoral college for the Republican candidate John C. Frémont in the presidential election of 1856.

Rockwell returned to his old post of Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1858, until his appointment to the Massachusetts Superior Court in 1859.[1] He retired as a judge in 1886 and died May 19, 1888 in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he is buried.

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Julius Rockwell, U.S. Senator's Timeline

April 26, 1805
Colebrook, Litchfield, CT, USA
July 28, 1839
Age 34
Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA, USA
Age 35
May 26, 1844
Age 39
Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA, USA
January 19, 1846
Age 40
Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA, USA
August 28, 1848
Age 43
Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA, USA
May 19, 1888
Age 83
Lenox, Berkshire, MA, USA