BETTS, Samuel Rossiter (1787-1868)

BETTS, SAMUEL ROSSITER, a Representative from New York; born in Richmond, Berkshire County, Mass., June 8, 1787; was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1806; studied law in Hudson, N.Y.; was admitted to the bar in 1807 and commenced practice in Monticello, Sullivan County, N.Y.; served as judge advocate of Volunteers in the War of 1812; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); was not a candidate for renomination in 1816; moved to Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y., where he continued the practice of law; appointed circuit judge under the new State constitution in 1823; appointed and subsequently elected judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and served from 1826 until 1867, when he resigned; died in New Haven, Conn., November 2, 1868; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City.

Yale University
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Samuel Rossiter Betts Autograph Collection, 1704-1928, 2 linear feet.
Signatures of over five hundred famous Yale College graduates from the class of 1704 to the class of 1904. Also included is a small amount of Betts' personal papers including lists of his book donations to Yale University, an inventory of personal effects and other miscellaneous items. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Microfilm: In the United States Continental Congress Microfilm Collection, 1777-1784, 1 microfilm reel.
Other authors include Samuel Rossiter Betts.

Microfilm: In the United States Constitutional Convention microfilm collection, 1787-1791, 1 microfilm reel.
Other authors include Samuel Rossiter Betts.

  • Baty, T. (Thomas). Judge Betts and prize law. London: N.p., 1926.
  • Betts, Samuel Rossiter. A summary of practice in instance, revenue and prize causes, in the admiralty courts of the United States, for the Southern district of New-York; and also on appeal to the Supreme Court: together with the rules of the District Court. New-York: Halsted and Voorhies, 1838.
  • Wells, Georgina Betts. Life and career of Samuel Rossiter Betts. New York: M. Sloog, 1934.