Barzillai Gannett

Barzillai Gannett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1809  1812
Preceded by John Chandler
Succeeded by Francis Carr
Member of the
Massachusetts State Senate
In office
Member Board of Selectmen and Assessors
Gardiner Maine
In office
March 21, 1803  1804
Member Surveyors of HIghwayas
Gardiner Maine
In office
March 21, 1803  1804
Town Clerk
Pittston, Maine
In office
Preceded by Seth Gay
Succeeded by Seth Gay
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born June 17, 1764
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Died 1832
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Farley
Alma mater Harvard University
Religion Episcopalian

Barzillai Gannett (June 17, 1764 – 1832) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Gannett was graduated from Harvard University in 1785. He studied theology, but did not enter the ministry. He served as Selectman of Pittston, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts). He also served as town clerk in 1794 and town moderator 1797–1802. Gannett was Selectman and assessor of Gardiner, Maine from 1803 to 1808. He was appointed as the first postmaster of Gardiner and served from September 30, 1804, to October 1, 1809. He also served as Town Moderator. Gannett served as member of both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State Senate.

Gannett was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Eleventh and Twelfth Congresses and served from March 4, 1809, until his resignation in 1812.

Because of an accusation regarding a breach of trust Gannett left Maine, changed his name to Benjamin Gardiner, and moved to Ohio.[1]

During about the year 1822 Barzillai Gannett (Benjamin Gardiner) again suddenly disappeared from Ohio.[2]

Gannett died in New York City in 1832.


  1. Gilmore, Evelyn Langdon (1893), Christ Church, Gardiner, Maine: antecedents and history, Gardiner, ME: The Reporter Journal Press, p. 67
  2. Klein, Lisa M. (2003), Be it remembered: the story of Trinity Episcopal Church on Capital Square, Gardiner, ME, p. 11, ISBN 978-1-882203-26-0


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Chandler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 17th congressional district

(Maine district)
March 4, 1809 – 1812
Succeeded by
Francis Carr

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