Major General Uriah Tracy

(b. 2 Feb 1755 - d. 19 Jul 1807) Range 24 Site 1-2

A Senator from Connecticut. Graduated from Yale College in 1778, studied law and practiced in Litchfield, Conn. "Connecticut Men in the Revolution" lists the name of Uriah Tracy in a company that marched from sundry places for the relief of Boston, etc., in the Lexington alarm, 1775, and were formed into an independent and ranging company at Roxbury. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1796 and served until his death.
The National Intelligencer, July 22, 1807
Departed this life on the 19th inst. in the 54th year of his age, Uriah Tracy, a Senator of the United States, from the state of Connecticut; and on the following day he was interred with the honors due to his station and character, as a statesman, and to his rank as a major general; his pall being supported by the heads of departments and officers of government.
For many years he experienced frequent and severe sickness, and his last illness commenced on the 4th of March last, while attending the funeral of Mr. Baldwin, his former fellow student, and late colleague in the Senate.
In his youth he received a liberal education, and the early part of his active life was devoted to the practice of the law. He was ever an able, popular, and pleasing advocate, and rose to eminence, by the strength of his talents and steady devotion to business.
His last fourteen years were devoted to the service of his country, in her national councils, where he was long and distinguished member, admired by his political friends, and respected by his opponents.
In wit and humor he was unrivaled -- in delivery graceful and perspicuous -- and in argument acute and lucid.
His speeches were sometimes perhaps tinctured with severity; but the ardor of debate, the rapidity of his ideas, and the impetuosity of his eloquence constituted an apology. He was firmly attached to the principles of the late administration, which he ever maintained. For some years past, of consequence he has been in opposition: yet he possessed a due share of influence in the body to which he belonged. His death will be deeply deplored by his friends, and from the actual talents he possessed, may justly, be considered a national loss.

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