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Clifton Clagett

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Clifton Clagett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Preceded byWilliam Hale
Succeeded byMatthew Harvey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1805
Preceded byNew Seat
Succeeded byCaleb Ellis
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1762-12-03)December 3, 1762
Portsmouth, Province of New Hampshire, British America
DiedJanuary 25, 1829(1829-01-25) (aged 66)
Amherst, New Hampshire, U.S.
Resting placeMeadow View Cemetery
Amherst, New Hampshire
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Margaret McQueston Clagett
ChildrenElizabeth Clagett Greeley
Margaretta Clagett Carlton
Cornelia Clifton Clagett
Susan Clagett
Frances G. Clagett
Emma C. Clagett
Lucretia Clagett Lawrence
ParentsWyseman Clagett
Lettice (Mitchell) Clagettt

Clifton Clagett (December 3, 1762 – January 25, 1829) was an American lawyer and politician from New Hampshire. He served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the United States House of Representatives and as a New Hampshire Supreme Court justice.

Early life

Clagett was born in Portsmouth in the Province of New Hampshire, the son of Wyseman Clagett and Lettice (Mitchell) Clagettt.[1] He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Litchfield, New Hampshire in 1787. [2]

Political career

Elected as a Federalist candidate to the Eighth Congress, Clagett served as a United States Representative for the state of New Hampshire from March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1805.[3] He was appointed a justice of the peace and quorum in 1808. In addition, he was appointed judge of probate for Hillsborough County, New Hampshire in 1810 and served until his resignation in 1812, having been appointed to another judicial position.[4]

Clagett moved to Amherst, New Hampshire in 1812, and was appointed a judge of the New Hampshire Supreme Court in that year. He also served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1816. Elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress and reelected to the Sixteenth Congress, Clagett served as a United States Representative from (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821).[5] After leaving Congress, he was appointed judge of probate on August 5, 1823, and held the office until his death.[6]


Clagett died in Amherst on January 25, 1829 (age 66 years, 53 days).[7] He is interred at Meadow View Cemetery in Amherst, New Hampshire.

Family life

Married to Margaret McQueston, on November 19, 1834, Clagett had eleven children, Wyseman, William, Elizabeth, Margaretta, Cornelia Clifton, Susan, Frances G., Emma C., Harriet, Frances, and Lucretia.[8]


  1. ^ Farmer, John (1837). An historical sketch of Amherst, New Hampshire, etc. John Farmr. p. 28.
  2. ^ "Litchfield History". NH Search Roots. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Brown, John Howard (1900). Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States: Chubb-Erich. James H. Lamb Company. p. 10.
  4. ^ Bell, Clark (1900). The Medico-legal Journal, Volume 18. Medico-Legal Journal Association. p. 116.
  5. ^ Farmer, John. An historical sketch of Amherst, New Hampshire, etc. John FARMER (Secretary of the New Hampshire Historical Society.) 1837. p. 28.
  6. ^ Farmer, John (1837). An historical sketch of Amherst, New Hampshire, etc. John Farmr. p. 28.
  7. ^ Bell, Charles Henry (1893). The bench and bar of New Hampshire: including biographical notices of deceased judges of the highest court, and lawyers of the province and state, and a list of names of those now living. Houghton, Mifflin and company. p. 71.
  8. ^ "Clifton Clagett". History and Genealogy of Merrimack, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. Retrieved February 27, 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
New Seat
New Hampshire's At-large Congressional District
Succeeded by
Caleb Ellis
Preceded by
William Hale
New Hampshire's At-large Congressional District
Succeeded by
Matthew Harvey
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