Matthew Lyon, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Matthew Lyon

American politician

Date of Birth: 14-Jul-1749

Place of Birth: Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Date of Death: 01-Aug-1822

Profession: politician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Matthew Lyon

  • Matthew Lyon (July 14, 1749 – August 1, 1822) was an Irish-born American printer, farmer, soldier and politician, who served as a United States Representative from both Vermont and Kentucky. Lyon represented Vermont in Congress from 1797 to 1801, and represented Kentucky from 1803 to 1811.
  • His tenure in Congress was tumultuous.
  • He brawled with one Congressman, and was jailed on charges of violating the Sedition Act, winning re-election to Congress from inside his jail cell. Lyon's trial, conviction, and incarceration boosted his status among the fledgling Democratic-Republican Party as a free-speech martyr.

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