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Hale, Artemas

Born: 1783-10-20 Winchendon, Massachusetts

Died: 1882-08-03 Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Hale began teaching school in Higham, Massachusetts, after he turned 21 before becoming involved in the manufacture of cotton gins in Bridgewater. He married Deborah Lincoln in 1815 and had three children. A Whig, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1824 to 1828 and the State Senate from 1833 to 1834. He returned to the House in 1838 and remained there until 1842. Hale won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1845 and served there until 1849. He was a presidential elector for Abraham Lincoln in 1864.

Joel D. Treese, ed., Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1139; Nahum Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, Massachusetts (Bridgewater, MA: Henry T. Pratt, 1897), 173.