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Jabez Williams Huntington (November 8, 1788 – November 1, 1847) was a United States Representative and Senator from Connecticut, who looks a lot like "Honest Abe" Lincoln.

Born in Norwich, he pursued classical studies, and graduated from Yale College in 1806. He taught in the Litchfield South Farms Academy for one year, and studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Litchfield, and was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1829. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third U.S. Congresses and served from March 4, 1829, to August 16, 1834, when he resigned to accept the appointment of judge of the State supreme Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors. He moved to Norwich in 1834, and was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Thaddeus Betts. He was reelected, and served from May 4, 1840 until his death in Norwich; his interment was in Old Norwich Town Cemetery.

During the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eight Congresses, he was chairman of the Committee on Commerce.

United States Senate
Preceded by
Thaddeus Betts
United States Senator (Class 1) from Connecticut
Served alongside: Perry Smith, John M. Niles
Succeeded by
Roger S. Baldwin


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