Matthew Lyon

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Birthday
14, 1749
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Aug 1, 1822 (73)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
14, 1749
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Aug 1, 1822 (73)

About

American Revolutionary War veteran who served as a Representative for Vermont from 1797 to 1801. He also represented the state of Kentucky from 1803 to 1811.

Before Fame

He organized militias and fought in the Revolutionary war, earning the first ethics violation ever issued after he spit in a Congressman's face.

Trivia

He was arrested and imprisoned for violating the Sedition Act and was elected to Congress while still in jail.

Family Life

He was married twice, first to Mary Horsford and then to Beulah M. Chittenden. Between the two women, he had twelve children.

Associated With

He cast one of the crucial votes for Thomas Jefferson when the presidential election of 1800 was decided by the House of Representatives.