Abel Huntington

Abel Huntington ( born February 21, 1777 Norwich, Connecticut, † May 18 1858 in East Hampton, New York) was an American physician and politician. Between 1833 and 1837 he represented the State of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Abel Huntington was born about two years after the outbreak of the War of Independence in Norwich and grew up there. He attended the common schools. His family later moved to East Hampton, where he studied medicine with his father. As a doctor, he practiced throughout Long Iceland and was named after his father, the coroner in Suffolk County. In 1816 he was appointed Surgeon in the 18th Militia Regiment of New York. Huntington also pursued a political career. He joined in 1820 as an elector ( Presidential Elector ) in the presidential election in 1822 and sat in the Senate from New York. Then he worked 1829-1832 as Town Supervisor of East Hampton. Politically, he was a member of the Jacksonian Group.

In the congressional elections of 1832 Huntington was the first electoral district of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James Lent on March 4, 1833. After a successful re-election in 1834 he gave up a third nomination in 1836 and retired on March 3, 1837 from the Congress of. As a congressman, he was 1835-1837 Chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business.

Huntington was again working as Town Supervisor of East Hampton in 1844. The following year he was tax collector ( collector of customs) in Sag Harbor, a position which he held until 1849. During this time he took in 1846 as a delegate part in the Constitutional Convention of New York. In addition, he was also long time president of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Academy. He died on 18 May 1858 in East Hampton and was then buried in the South End Cemetery. His grandson was George Huntington, a renowned physician and researcher, the nervous system disease Huntington's disease identified first, which was later named after him.