Giddings, Joshua R.
Born: 1795-10-06 Tioga Point, Pennsylvania
Died: 1864-05-27 Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Giddings moved with his parents to Canandaigua, New York in 1795. He attended common schools, and moved again with his parents to Ashtabula County, Ohio, in 1806, where he completed preparatory studies. Giddings served in the War of 1812. He taught school and studied law. He married Laura Waters in 1819, with whom he had seven children, two dying in infancy. He earned admittance to the Ohio bar in February of 1821 and started a practice in Jefferson, Ohio. Giddings won election to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1826. He won election, as Whig, to the U.S. House of Representatives to fill a vacancy. He won reelection to the Twenty-Sixth and Twenty-Seventy Congresses, serving from 1838 until he resigned in 1842. Giddings resigned after a vote of censure had been passed onto him by the House, due to his motion in defense of the slave mutineers in the
Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1088; Gravestone, Oakdale Cemetery, Jefferson, OH; Merton L. Dillon, "Giddings, Joshua Reed," American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 8:946-947.