George A. Simmons

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George Abel Simmons (September 8, 1791 – October 27, 1857) was a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Lyme, New Hampshire, Simmons attended the district school. He was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1816. He moved to Lansingburgh, New York, and was principal of the local academy. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Keeseville, New York. He served as member of the state assembly in 1840–1842. He served as member of the state constitutional convention in 1846.

Simmons was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1857). He served as chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary (Thirty-fourth Congress). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1856. He resumed the practice of his profession in Keeseville, New York, where he died October 27, 1857. He was interred in Evergreen Cemetery.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Wells
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
George W. Palmer

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website