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Luther Badger

Luther Badger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1827
Preceded by Elisha Litchfield
Succeeded by Jonas Earll, Jr.
Personal details
Born April 10, 1785 (1785-04-10)
Partridgefield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Died October 30, 1868 (1868-10-31) (aged 83)
Jordan, Onondaga County, New York
Citizenship  United States
Political party Adams

Whig Party

Spouse(s) Eunice Wells Badger

Betsey (Dimock) Avery Badger

Profession lawyer



Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch New York State Militia
Rank sergeant major


brigadier general

judge advocate

Unit 27th Brigade of Infantry

Luther Badger (April 10, 1785 – October 30, 1868) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


Badger was born in Partridgefield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts the son of Lemuel and Sabra (Smith) Badger. In 1786, the family removed to a farm on the bank of the Susquehanna River in Harpursville, Broome County, NY. He attended Hamilton-Oneida Academy for two years but did not graduate. During his college career, he taught in the common schools.

In 1807, Badger began to study law with William Eager in Jamesville, and in 1810 entered the law office of Randall & Wattles in New Hartford. In 1811, he married Eunice Wells.[1] He was admitted to the bar in 1812, and practiced in Jamesville until 1824 when he retired from the bar.

Badger joined the New York State Militia as a sergeant major, was promoted to quartermaster in 1812, eventually became a brigadier general in 1819, and was judge advocate of the 27th Brigade of Infantry from 1820 to 1827 when he retired from military service.

Elected as an Adams man to the 19th United States Congress, Badger served as U.S. Representative for the twenty-third district of New York from March 4, 1825, to March 3, 1827. Afterwards he engaged in mercantile pursuits.

In 1832, he returned to his old home in Harpursville, and resumed the practice of law. He was District Attorney of Broome County from 1847 to 1849 when he resigned and resumed his private practice in Jordan, NY. On August 28, 1845, he married Betsey (Dimock) Avery, sister of Davis Dimock, Jr..

Badger died on October 30, 1869, in Jordan, Onondaga County, New York; and was buried at the Jordan Cemetery there.


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  • compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 71 and 370; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  • edited by John Livingston (New York and London, 1852; pages 117ff, with portrait)
  • by Edwin Williams (New York, 1834; page 330)
  • (Vol. 6; page 529)
Preceded by
Elisha Litchfield
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Jonas Earll, Jr.
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