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Rockwell, John A. (Congressman)

Born: 1803-08-27 Norwich, Connecticut

Died: 1861-02-10 Washington, D.C.

Rockwell attended the common schools in Norwich and graduated from Yale College in 1822. He studied law, earned admittance to the Connecticut bar, and opened a law practice in Norwich. He served as a member of the Connecticut Senate in 1839 and worked as a judge of the county court. Rockwell won election, as a Whig, to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1845 to 1849. He served alongside Abraham Lincoln during the Thirtieth Congress. Not a candidate for reelection in 1848, Rockwell practiced law before the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington DC, until his death.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1746-47; Gravestone, Yantic Cemetery, Norwich, CT.