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George Nixon Briggs April 12, 1796 - September 12, 1861

Born in Adams , Ma. On April 12,1796
Parents: Allen Briggs and Nancy Brown Briggs
Died on September 12,1861 in Pittsfield, Ma.

Died of an accidental gunshot wound at his home.

Married Harriet Hall in 1818

Had three children, Harriet, George and Henry

Raised the four orphaned children of his brother Rufus from 1816 on. Apprenticed as a hatter, but managed to study law at the same time. Admitted to the bar in 1818

Elected to Congress in 1830, served six terms {1831-1843)

While in Congress was a noted opponent to slavery.

Served as Massachusetts Governor from January 9,1844 to January 11,1851 After 1851 resumed his law practice in Pittsfield

Was one of the founders of Berkshire life Insurance Co.

Served as a judge