Judge Selah Brewster Strong, Sr.

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Judge Selah Brewster Strong, Sr.

Birthplace: Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Death: Died in Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Shepard Strong, Judge and Hannah Brewster Strong
Husband of Caroline Udall Strong and Cornelia Udall Strong
Father of John Temple Strong; Cornelia Shepard Strong; Mary Augusta Strong; Anne Udall Strong; Caroline Amelia Strong and 8 others
Brother of Joseph Brewster Strong

Occupation: judge
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About Judge Selah Brewster Strong, Sr.



Selah Brewster Strong (May 1, 1792 Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York – November 29, 1872 Setauket, Suffolk Co, NY) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was born on May 1, 1792 at Brookhaven, New York, the son of Judge Thomas Sheppard Strong and Hannah Brewster. His mother was the daughter of Joseph Brewster, of Setauket and Rebecca Mills. She was also a descendant of Elder William Brewster, (c. 1567 – April 10, 1644), the Pilgrim leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony and a passenger on the Mayflower, through his son Jonathan Brewster. She was also a descendant of Lt. Gov. Roger Ludlow.

He was also a descendant of Lion Gardiner, an early English settler and soldier in the New World, founded the first English settlement in what became the state of New York. His legacy includes Gardiners Island which remains in the family and is the largest privately owned island in the United States.

He graduated from Yale College in 1811. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1814, and commenced practice in New York City.

He married on August 14, 1823, Cornelia Udall, who was born at Islip, Long Island, New York on March 20, 1806 the daughter of Dr. Richard Udall and Prudence Carll, dau. of Silas Carll of Huntington, Long Island, New York.

During the War of 1812 he was commissioned as an ensign and quartermaster in the 10th Regiment, Third Brigade, New York City and County Troops, and in 1815 was promoted successively to lieutenant and captain. He was master in chancery in 1817, moved to Brookhaven in 1820, and was District Attorney of Suffolk County from 1821 to 1847, except for nine months in 1830. He was appointed judge advocate of the First Division of the New York State Infantry in 1825.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 28th United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1845. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.

In March 1846, he was appointed Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit, but did not take office. He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court (2nd District] from 1847 to 1849 and from 1852 to 1859, and was ex officio a judge of the New York Court of Appeals in 1849 and 1859. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1867–68. He died in 1872;

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Judge Selah Brewster Strong, Sr.'s Timeline

May 1, 1792
Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk County, New York, United States
February 14, 1826
Age 33
October 31, 1827
Age 35
January 3, 1830
Age 37
Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk County, New York, United States
June 6, 1832
Age 40
August 10, 1834
Age 42
February 17, 1837
Age 44
July 4, 1839
Age 47