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Belcher, Hiram

(1790-1857) a U.S. Representative, was born in Hallowell on February 23, 1790, he attended the rural schools and the local academy at Hallowell from 1805 to 1807. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began his practice in Farmington in 1812.

In Farmington, he served as Town Clerk from 1814 to 1819. Belcher was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1822, 1829, and 1832; he served in the Maine State Senate in 1838 and 1839.

Elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849), he chaired the Committee on Mileage (Thirtieth Congress), but was not a candidate for reelection in 1848.

Belcher practiced law until his death in Farmington on May 6, 1857, with interment in Center Meeting House Cemetery.

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