John Bird (New York)

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John Bird
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1799 – July 25, 1801
Preceded byHezekiah L. Hosmer
Succeeded byJohn P. Van Ness
Personal details
Born(1768-11-22)November 22, 1768
Litchfield, Connecticut
DiedFebruary 2, 1806(1806-02-02) (aged 37)
Troy, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyFederalist
  • Eunice Porter Bird
  • Sally Buel Bird
Alma materYale College
  • lawyer
  • politician

John Bird (November 22, 1768 – February 2, 1806) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New York.


Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, Bird was the son of Dr. Seth and Hanna Sheldon Bird and pursued classical studies; graduated from Yale College in 1786, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Litchfield. He married Eunice Porter on October 4, 1789. The marriage ended in 1797 divorce, which was granted to Eunice from the Connecticut General Assembly on the grounds of ill treatment by her husband. His second marriage was to Sally Buel on March 29, 1799.[1]


Bird moved to Troy, New York in 1793 and engaged in the practice of law. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1796 to 1798, and a member of the Freemasons.[2]

Elected as a Federalist to the Sixth and Seventh Congresses as U. S. Representative for the sixth District of New York, Bird served from March 4, 1799 to July 25, 1801,[3] when he resigned, and resumed the practice of his profession.


Bird died in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, February 2, 1806 (age 37 years, 72 days). He is interred at Mt. Ida Cemetery, Troy, New York.[4]


  1. ^ "John Bird". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  2. ^ "John Bird". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  3. ^ "John Bird". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  4. ^ "John Bird". Find A Grave. Retrieved 1 September 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hezekiah L. Hosmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1799 – July 25, 1801 (resignation)
Succeeded by
John P. Van Ness