October 13: Ransom Hooker Gillet (1876)

Ransom Hooker Gillet held a variety of positions in the federal government including two terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York. Born in New Lebanon, Columbia County, New York in 1800, Gillet pursued an academic course before studying law in Canton, New York. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Ogdensburg, where he resided for about twenty years. In 1825 he married Eleanor Barhydt, of Ogdensburg. In 1827 he was appointed brigade-major and inspector of the Forty-ninth Brigade of Militia, and for ten years drilled and inspected six large regiments in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties.  He was appointed postmaster of Ogdensburg, which office he filled about three years. Gillet was a delegate to the first national convention of the Democratic Party that nominated Andrew Jackson for the presidency.

Gillet was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses and served as a member of the committee on commerce. In 1837, he was appointed by President Van Buren as a commissioner to negotiate with Indian tribes in the state of New York. President Polk appointed Gillet as Register of the Treasury serving from 1845 to 1847, when he was appointed Solicitor of the Treasury. He was then appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States and served from 1855 to 1858. President Buchanan appointed Gillet as solicitor of the court of claims, serving from 1858 to 1861. Gillet retired from public life in 1867 and engaged in literary pursuits. He died in Washington, D.C. The funerals of Ransom (1876) and Eleanor (1881) Gillet were both held at Epiphany. Ransom was originally buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Washington, but later reburied with Eleanor at the Cemetery of the Evergreens in New Lebanon, New York.

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