Origen S. Seymour

Origen Storrs Seymour ( born February 9, 1804 in Litchfield, Connecticut; † August 12, 1881 ) was an American politician. Between 1851 and 1855 he represented the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Origen Seymour attended the common schools and then studied until 1824 at Yale College. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1826 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in his home town of Litchfield. Between 1836 and 1844 he was an administrative employee at the Litchfield County.

Politically, Seymour joined, founded by President Andrew Jackson Democratic Party. In the years 1842, 1849 and 1850 he was a member of the House of Representatives of Connecticut; In 1850 he served as president of that body. In the congressional elections of that year he was in the fourth electoral district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he met on March 4, 1851 the successor of Thomas B. Butler of the Whig party. After a re-election in 1852 he was able to complete up to March 3, 1855 two terms in Congress, who were increasingly dominated by the question of slavery and the contrast between the North and the South.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Seymour was 1855-1863 Judge of the Superior Court of Connecticut. In the years 1864 and 1865, he ran unsuccessfully for each the governorship of his state; in both cases, he lost to Republican William Alfred Buckingham. In 1870 he became a judge on the Connecticut Supreme Court Between 1873 and reaching the statutory retirement age in 1874, he presided as Chief Justice there. In 1876, Seymour headed a commission to settle a border dispute of the states of Connecticut and New York. In 1880 he was again elected to the House of Representatives of his State. He was also the first president of the Bar Association of Connecticut.

Origen Seymour died on 12 August 1881 in his native Litchfield. He was the father of Edward Woodruff Seymour (1832-1892), who also represented the fourth district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives 1883-1887. He was also a nephew of Horatio Seymour (1778-1857), who was sitting 1821-1833 for the state of Vermont in the U.S. Senate.