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Whitman, Ezekiel

(1776-1866) was a Representative from Massachusetts and from Maine, born in East Bridgewater, Mass., March 9, 1776.

He was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1795, studied law and was admitted to the bar. He practiced in New Gloucester (until 1820 a district of Massachusetts), 1799-1807 and in Portland, Maine, 1807-1852.

An unsuccessful candidate for election in 1806 to the Tenth Congress, Whitman was elected as a Federalist from Massachusetts to the Eleventh Congress (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1811). He was a member of the Massachusetts Executive Council in 1815 and 1816.

He succeeded in beng elected to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1821), and was a delegate to the convention in 1819 that framed the first State constitution of Maine.  He then was elected to the Seventeenth Congress from Maine and served from March 4, 1821, to June 1, 1822, when he resigned

Whitman served as judge of the court of common pleas of Maine 1822-1841 and was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress

Returning to his native state, he served as chief justice of the Massachusetts State Supreme Court 1841-1848; retired in 1852; and returned to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he died on August 1, 1866.

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