Gershom Powers

Gershom Powers

Gershom Powers (July 11, 1789 - June 25, 1831) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Croydon, New Hampshire, Powers attended the common schools and was largely self-taught.He taught school in the town of Sempronius, New York, while attending the local law school, from which he graduated in 1810.He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Auburn, New York.He was appointed superintendent of Auburn prison in 1820. First judge of the court of common pleas of Cayuga County 1823-1828.

Powers was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1831).He served as chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia (Twenty-first Congress).He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1830.He was appointed inspector of Auburn prison on April 2, 1830, and served until his death.He died in Auburn, New York, June 25, 1831.He was interred in North Street Cemetery.

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