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Victory Birdseye, US Congress

Birthplace: CT, USA
Death: Died in NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Ebenezer Birdseye, Sr. and Eunice Birdseye
Husband of lecta Birdseye and Electa Birdseye
Father of Ellen Douglas Wheaton; Ebenezer Birdseye; Emma R Birdseye; Judge Lucien Birdseye; Henry Clay Birdseye and 7 others

Managed by: Thomas Scott Jillson
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About Victory Birdseye, US Congress (portrait, photo of house Victory Birdseye House, 7357 Cherry Road, Pompey, 1818


Congressional Biography:

BIRDSEYE, Victory, a Representative from New York; born in Cornwall, Conn., December 25, 1782; attended the public schools, and was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1804; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1807 and commenced practice in Pompey Hill, Onondaga County, N.Y.; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); was not a candidate for renomination in 1816; postmaster of Pompey Hill 1817-1838; district attorney of Onondaga County 1818-1833; master of chancery of Onondaga County 1818-1822; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1821; member of the State assembly 1823 and 1838-1840; served in the State senate in 1827; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); was not a candidate for renomination in 1842; resumed the practice of law; died in Pompey, Onondaga County, N.Y., September 16, 1853; interment in Pompey Hill Cemetery.

In an unfinished letter to William Eager 5/1/1846, responding to condolences on the loss of their first child to pass, Ebenezer (smallpox, age 28), published in Ellen Douglas Birdseye Wheaton's diary, Victory explains his early life after his mother died when he was 4, in an epidemic that also took the other children, two younger sisters. After his father Ebenezer remarried promptly, he says he was left to shift for himself and describes his early years as extreme destitution. Also his early married years as hardship, and his business meager, focusing on obtaining land and raising the children. At that time he had 11 children and 9 grandchildren. He lists his children as Lucien (lawyer), Henry Clay 1/2 through law clerkship with Lucien after graduating from Yale, second daughter Emma R. at home, John C. a merchants clerk in Utica, third daughter Charlotte A. at school at Williston Seminary in East Hampton Mass., and younger children Franklin, Horatio, and Julia and Eunice with them. "My two sons in Albany [perhaps Lucien and Henry] and Mrs. C.A. Wheaton (Ellen) and Emma have made profession of religion following in that respect the footsteps & counsels of their mother" and implies he may be less inspired, being "hardened by the cares of the world."

Congressman. He graduated from Williams College in 1804, studied law, and became an attorney in Pompey in 1807. He was elected to Congress as a Democratic-Republican in 1814 and served one term, 1815 to 1817. Birdseye was Postmaster of Pompey Hill from 1817 to 1838 and Onondaga County District Attorney from 1818 to 1833. He held the judicial position of Master of Chancery for Onondaga County from 1818 to 1822. Birdseye served in the New York Assembly in 1823, the State Senate in 1827, and again in the Assembly from 1838 to 1840. He was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for Congress in 1838, and a successful candidate in 1840. After serving one term he returned to his Pompey law practice. His great-grandson Clarence Birdseye developed the process for freezing food and founded Birdseye Frozen Foods. (bio by: Bill McKern)

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Victory Birdseye, US Congress's Timeline

December 25, 1782
Age 31
March 13, 1816
Age 33
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, United States
Age 36
Age 37
October 10, 1821
Age 38
Pompey, NY, USA
Age 43
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Age 46