PRENTISS, Samuel (1782-1857)

PRENTISS, SAMUEL, (brother of John Holmes Prentiss), a Senator from Vermont; born in Stonington, Conn., March 31, 1782; moved to Northfield, Mass., in 1786; completed preparatory studies and was instructed in the classics by a private tutor; studied law in Northfield and in Brattleboro, Vt.; admitted to the bar in 1802 and practiced in Montpelier, Vt. 1803-1822; member, State house of representatives 1824-1825; associate justice of the supreme court of Vermont; elected chief justice of the State supreme court in 1829; elected in 1831 as an Anti-Jacksonian to the United States Senate; reelected as a Whig in 1837 and served from March 4, 1831, to April 11, 1842, when he resigned to accept a judicial assignment; chairman, Committee on Patents and the Patent Office (Twenty-seventh Congress); originator and successful advocate of the law to suppress dueling in the District of Columbia; judge of the United States District Court of Vermont from 1842 until his death in Montpelier, Vt., January 15, 1857; interment in Green Mount Cemetery.

New York State Archives
Albany, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Archibald W. Hyde papers, 1813-1839; Herman Allen papers, 1805-1848; and Jonathan Hatch Hubbard papers, 1802-1832. Microfilm of originals in Vermont State Archives.

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library
Burlington, VT
Papers: 2 folders, 3 letters, and photographs.

  • Binney, Charles J.F. Memoirs of Judge Samuel Prentiss of Montpelier, Vt., and His Wife, Lucretia Houghton Prentiss. Boston: n.p., 1883.