Hon William Augustus Sackett

(1811-1895)
FatherWilliam Sackett (1753-1842)
MotherParthenia Patterson (1767-)
Hon William Augustus Sackett, lawyer, US Representative, son of William Sackett and Parthenia Patterson, was born on 18 November 1811.1,2 He died aged 83 in Saratoga, New York StateG, on 6 September 1895.1,3 He married first in about 1834, Zayde Eliza Thorne, daughter of Nicholas Thorne.1 Zayde was born in about 1815 and died at Great Neck, Long Island, New York StateG, on 5 September 1840.4,5 He married second in 1847, Charlotte Y Buttrick, daughter of Horatio G. Buttrick and Mary Barnard.4 Charlotte died in Weimar, Saxe Weimar, GermanyG, on 17 November 1874.6 He married third in Auburn, New York StateG, on 30 May 1876, Mary Louise Marvin, daughter of Judge Thomas Marvin.4
[Hon. William Augustus Sackett] read law with Judge Luther F. Stephens, of Seneca Falls, and with Sanford & Kellogg, of Skaneateles, N. Y. In 1831 he was admitted to the bar and began the practice of his profession at Seneca Falls, where he remained until 1848, when he was elected to Congress to represent the Seneca and Wayne district. During his congressional career, which was of four years' duration, he advocated the admission of California as a state, persistently opposed the extension of African slavery into the territories, and took an active part in deliberations of the then important committee on revolutionary pensions, of which he was a member. In 1857 he removed from Seneca Falls to Saratoga Springs, which became henceforth his permanent place of residence. Among the more important law contests in which he was retained was that between the Berden Company of Troy, and Corning & Co., of Albany, known as the "spike" case. The amount involved was upwards of a million dollars, which the former sought to recover from the latter for alleged infringement of certain patents. It was in the courts for several years and resulted in the recovery of but a nominal amount for the plaintiff, which was regarded as a decided victory for the defendants, won by Mr. Sackett. For a number of years he served as U. S. Registrar in Bankruptcy, a judicial office, which by courtesy carried with it the title of Judge.
From 1876 to 1878 he traveled in Europe, Egypt and the Holy Land, and wrote a series of letters descriptive of his travels, many of which were published and widely read. Mr. Sackett was, when a young man, an old line Whig, but later in life became a pronounced Republican. By religious faith he was an Episcopalian, and during his residence at Saratoga was a member and for a considerable portion of the time a vestryman, of the Bethesda Episcopal Church there. He died quite suddenly of apoplexy.

—Weygant, The Sacketts of America

Children of Hon William Augustus Sackett and Zayde Eliza Thorne

Children of Hon William Augustus Sackett and Charlotte Y Buttrick

  • Zilla Sackett b. 13 Apr 1848
  • Frederick A Sackett b. 19 May 1850
  • Edward S Sackett b. 11 Nov 1852
  • Harriet M Sackett+ b. 12 Sep 1854
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 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "1452. William A. Sacket, b. Nov. 8, 1811, d. in 1895; m. 1st, Zade Thorn."
  2. Website Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (http://bioguide.congress.gov), "SACKETT, William Augustus, a Representative from New York; born in Aurelius, near Auburn, N.Y., November 18, 1811; attended private schools and Aurora Academy; moved to Seneca Falls, Seneca County, N.Y., in 1831; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1834 and commenced practice at Seneca Falls; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); resumed the practice of law at Seneca Falls, N.Y.; moved to Saratoga Springs in 1857; register in bankruptcy during the term of the 1867 bankruptcy law; died at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., September 6, 1895; interment in Greenridge Cemetery."
  3. "Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851–2003", digital image, Ancestry.com, New York Times, 7 September 1895 & Los Angeles Times, 7 September 1895.
  4. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America.
  5. Website Death Notices from the New York Evening Post, 1801–1890 (New England Historic Genealogical Society) (http://www.NewEnglandAncestors.org), 3/7/1840. "Sat. Sept. 5, res of Joseph S Mott, Great Neck, L.I. Zayde E. w. William Sackett of Seneca Falls, NY and dau of late Nicholas Thorne of Skeneateles, 28y." [Mismatch in dates: possible transcription error. NEHGS notified.]
  6. "Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851–2003", digital image, Ancestry.com, New York Times, 1 December 1874, "Died. / Sackett.—On Tuesday, 17th inst., of inflammation of the lungs, at Weimar, Saxe Weimar, Germany, after a short and painful illness, Charlotte Y., wife of Hon. William A. Sackett, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. / Funeral to take place at the residence of Prof. Root, Clinton, N.Y. Time to be announced hereafter."
Last Edited22 October 2013