|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 23rd district
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1827
|Preceded by||Elisha Litchfield|
|Succeeded by||Jonas Earll, Jr.|
|Born||April 10, 1785|
Partridgefield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
|Died||October 30, 1868 (aged 83)|
Jordan, Onondaga County, New York
|Political party||Adams Whig Party|
|Spouse(s)||Eunice Wells Badger Betsey (Dimock) Avery Badger|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||New York State Militia|
brigadier generaljudge advocate
|Unit||27th Brigade of Infantry|
Luther Badger (April 10, 1785 – October 30, 1868) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.
Early life and education
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. 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..
Death and legacy
- United States Congress. "Luther Badger (id: B000023)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Luther Badger at Find a Grave
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 71 and 370; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
- Monthly Biographical Magazine edited by John Livingston (New York and London, 1852; pages 117ff, with portrait)
- The New York Annual Register by Edwin Williams (New York, 1834; page 330)
- The Papers of Henry Clay (Vol. 6; page 529)
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district
Jonas Earll, Jr.