Ransom H. Gillet

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Ransom H. Gillet, New York Congressman

Ransom Hooker Gillet (January 27, 1800 – October 24, 1876) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in New Lebanon, New York, Gillet pursued an academic course. He studied law in Canton, New York. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Ogdensburg. Postmaster of Ogdensburg, New York from 1830 to 1833. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1832 and 1840.

Gillet was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1836. He served as commissioner to treat with the New York Indians 1837-1839. He was appointed Register of the Treasury and served from April 1, 1845, to May 27, 1847, when he was appointed Solicitor of the Treasury, and continued in this office until October 31, 1849. He was appointed Assistant Attorney General and served from 1855 to 1858. He was appointed solicitor of the court of claims and served from 1858 to 1861.

Gillet retired from public life in 1867 and engaged in literary pursuits including a two-volume biography of Silas Wright. He died in Washington, D.C., October 24, 1876. He was interred in Glenwood Cemetery.[1]



  • Bailey, N. Louise; Morgan, Mary L.; Taylor, Carolyn R. (1986). Biographical Directory of the South Carolina Senate: 1776-1985. Volume 1. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 0872494799.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Beardsley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
Succeeded by
James B. Spencer

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