William J. Bacon

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William Johnson Bacon
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byScott Lord
Succeeded byCyrus D. Prescott
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Oneida County, 4th district
In office
January 1, 1850 – December 31, 1850
Preceded byOliver Prescott
Succeeded byJoseph Benedict
Personal details
BornFebruary 18, 1803 (1803-02-18)
Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
DiedJuly 3, 1889 (1889-07-04) (aged 86)
Utica, Oneida County, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Eliza Kirkland Bacon (m. 1828-1872, her death)
Susan Sloane Gillette Bacon (m. 1874-1889, his death)
Alma materHamilton College
Litchfield Law School

William Johnson Bacon (February 18, 1803 – July 3, 1889) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Bacon was born the son of Ezekiel Bacon and Abigail Smith Bacon; and the grandson of John Bacon, in Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He moved with his family to Utica, New York, in 1815. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1822. Then he studied law at Litchfield Law School, and studied for a year in the law office of Joseph and Charles P. Kirkland. He was admitted to the bar in 1824, and commenced practice in Utica. He married Eliza Kirkland on October 23, 1828 and subsequent to her death in 1872, he was married to Susan Sloan Gillette in 1874.[1]


Bacon was appointed City Attorney of Utica in 1837, and was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1850. He was elected a trustee of Hamilton College in 1851, and he was trustee of Hamilton College from 1856 until his death. He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court (5th District) from 1854 to 1869,[2] and was ex officio a judge of the New York Court of Appeals in 1860 and 1868.

Elected as a Republican to the 45th United States Congress, Bacon served as U.S. Representative for the twenty-third district of New York from March 4, 1877 to March 3, 1879.[3] Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.


Bacon died in Utica, Oneida County, New York, on July 3, 1889 (age 86 years, 135 days). He is interred at Forest Hill Cemetery (Utica, New York), Utica, New York.[4]


  1. ^ "William J. Bacon". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  2. ^ "William J. Bacon". Find A Grave. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  3. ^ "William J. Bacon". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  4. ^ "William J. Bacon". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 8 August 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Scott Lord
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district

March 4, 1877, to March 3, 1879
Succeeded by
Cyrus D. Prescott