Uriah Tracy, U.S. Senator

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Uriah Tracy

Birthplace: Franklin, CT, USA
Death: Died in Washington, DC, USA
Place of Burial: Congressional Cemetery Washington District of Columbia
Immediate Family:

Son of Eliphalet Tracy and Sarah Tracy
Husband of Susannah Tracy
Father of Sally McCurdy Gould; Julia Metcalf and George Manning Tracy

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About Uriah Tracy, U.S. Senator



Uriah Tracy (February 2, 1755 – July 19, 1807) was an American politician from Connecticut who served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Tracy was born in Franklin, Connecticut. In his youth he received a liberal education. His name is listed as amongst those in a company from Roxbury responding to the Lexington Alarm at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. He later served in the Roxbury Company as a clerk

Uriah subsequently graduated from Yale University (where his contemporaries included Noah Webster) in 1778. He was admitted to the bar in 1781 after which he practiced law in Litchfield for many years. He served in the state legislature in 1788–1793, and in the United States House of Representatives from April 8, 1793– October 13, 1796, having been chosen as a Federalist.

He resigned his seat when he was elected to the United States Senate in place of Jonathan Trumbull, who had resigned. Tracy served until the time of his death in Washington, D. C.. He has the distinction of being the first member of Congress interred in the Congressional Cemetery. His descendants include the mathematician Curtis Tracy McMullen.

In 1803, he and several other New England politicians proposed secession of New England from the union due to growing influence of Jeffersonian democrats and the Louisiana Purchase which they felt would further diminish Northern influence.

His portrait, painted by Ralph Earl, is in the collection of the Litchfield Historical Society in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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Uriah Tracy, U.S. Senator's Timeline

February 2, 1755
Franklin, CT, USA
Age 27
Age 30
July 19, 1807
Age 52
Washington, DC, USA
Congressional Cemetery Washington District of Columbia