Broome County Congressmen


Bibliography: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949: The Continental Congress September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788 and The Congress of the United States From the First to the Eightieth Congress March 4, 1789 to January 3, 1949, Inclusive, Washington, DC:United States Government Printing Office, 1950.

The above titled book given mini-bio's of early US Congressmen. Here are the bio's connected to Broome Co.



Page 774 ALLEN, Judson, a Representative from New York; born in Plymouth, Conn., April 3, 1797; attended the public schools; engaged in the lumber business; moved to Harpursville (formerly Harpersville), Broome County, N.Y.; appointed postmaster of Harpersville March 19, 1830, and served until November 20, 1839; judge of the Broome County Court for eight years; member of the State assembly in 1836 and 1837; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); was not a candidate for renomination in 1840; moved to St. Louis, Mo., and engaged in the produce, lumber, marble, and grocery business until his death in St. Louis, August 6, 1880; interment in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Page 802 BADGER, Luther, a Representative from New York; born in Partridgefield (now Peru), Mass., April 10, 1785; moved with his father to New York in 1786; attended Hamilton College in 1807; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1812 and commenced practice in Jamesville, Onondaga County, N.Y.; judge advocate of the Twenty-seventh Brigade, New York Militia, 1819-1827; elected to the Nineteenth Congress (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1827); resumed the practice of his profession; moved to Broome County in 1832; examiner in chancery 1833-1847; appointed commissioner of United States loans in 1840, and served until 1843; elected district attorney of Broome County and served from July 5, 1847, until his resignation in November 1849; resumed the practice of law in Jordan, Onondaga County, N.Y., where he died in 1869; interment in Jordan Cemetery.

Page 851 BIRDSALL, Ausburn, a Representative from New York; born in Otego, Otsego County, N.Y.; moved to Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; district attorney of Broome County; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); appointed United States naval storekeeper in New York City; returned to Binghamton, N.Y., and resumed the practice of law until 1890, when he retired and moved to New York City, where he resided until his death July 10, 1903; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City.

Page 1004 COLLIER, John Allen, a Representative from New York; born in Litchfield, Conn., November 13, 1787; attended Yale College in 1803; studied law in the Litchfield Law School; was admitted to the bar at Troy, N.Y., in 1809 and commenced practice in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y.; district attorney of Broome County June 11, 1818, to February 25, 1822; elected as a Clay Democrat to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1833); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress; comptroller of the State of New York January 27, 1841, to February 7, 1842; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress; [p.1004] appointed a commissioner to revise the statutes in 1847; presidential elector on the Whig ticket of Taylor and Fillmore in 1848; resumed his law practice; died in Binghamton, N.Y., March 24, 1873; interment in Spring Forest Cemetery.

Page 1043 CUMMINGS, Amos Jay, a Representative from New York; born in Conkling, Broome County, N.Y., May 15, 1841; attended the common schools; apprenticed to the printing trade when twelve years of age; was with Walker in the last invasion of Nicaragua in October 1858; during the Civil War served as sergeant major of the Twenty-sixth New Jersey Regiment, Second Brigade, Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac; filled editorial positions on the New York Tribune under Horace Greeley, the New York Sun, and the New York Express; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1888, but was subsequently elected to the Fifty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel S. Cox; reelected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses and served from November 5, 1889, to November 21, 1894, when he resigned; again elected to the Fifty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect Andrew J. Campbell; reelected to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from November 5, 1895, until his death in Baltimore, Md., May 2, 1902; interment in Clinton Cemetery, Irvington, N.J.

Page 1084 DICKINSON, Daniel Stevens, a Senator from New York; born in Goshen, Conn., September 11, 1800; moved with his parents to Guilford, Chenango County, N.Y., in 1806; attended the common schools; was apprenticed to a clothier or cloth dresser, and while so engaged studied Latin, mathematics, and some of the sciences; taught school for several years, and subsequently engaged in land surveying; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1828 and commenced practice in Guilford, N.Y.; appointed postmaster of Guilford on August 20, 1827, and served until February 3, 1832, when he moved to Binghamton, N.Y.; first president of Binghamton in 1834; delegate to the Democratic [p.1084] National Convention at Baltimore in 1835; member of the State senate 1837-1840; Lieutenant Governor and ex officio president of the senate and president of the court of errors 1842-1844; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1844; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Polk and Dallas in 1844; appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Nathaniel P. Tallmadge; reelected in 1845 and served from November 30, 1844, to March 3, 1851; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1848 and 1852; appointed collector of the port of New York, but declined the position; elected attorney general of the State in 1861; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Baltimore in 1864; appointed on June 27, 1864, United States commissioner for the final settlement of the Hudson Bay and Puget Sound Agricultural Cos.' claims; appointed by President Lincoln on April 10, 1865, United States attorney for the southern district of New York and served until his death in New York City on April 12, 1866; interment in Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y.

Page 1251 HALL, Edwin Arthur, a Representative from New York; born in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., February 11, 1909; attended the public schools, and Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; engaged in the building and banking business and in agricultural pursuits; member of the Broome County Republican committee in 1935; delegate to the New York State Republican convention in 1936; member of the city council of Binghamton, N.Y., 1937-1939, resigning after his election to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Bert Lord; reelected to the Seventy-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from November 7, 1939, to January 3, 1949. Reelected to the Eighty-first Congress.

Page 1332 HOTCHKISS, Giles Waldo, a Representative from New York; born in Windsor, Broome County, N.Y., October 25, 1815; attended the common schools, Windsor Academy, and Oxford Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1837 and began practice in Binghamton, N.Y.; one of the founders of the Republican Party; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1860; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1867); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1866; was a close friend and supporter of President Lincoln; elected to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); was not a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law in Binghamton, where he died July 5, 1878; interment in Spring Forest Cemetery.

Page 1359 IRVINE, William, a Representative from New York; born in Whitneys Point, Broome County, N.Y., February 14, 1820; attended the common schools; moved to Greene County, N.Y., in 1841; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Corning, Steuben County, N.Y.; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); during the Civil War assisted in raising the Tenth Regiment, New York Volunteer Cavalry, of which he became lieutenant colonel November 25, 1861; was wounded at the Battle of Beverly Ford, Virginia, where he was taken prisoner and confined in Libby Prison for several months; honorably discharged on December 6, 1864; brevetted colonel and brigadier general of Volunteers March 13, 1865, "for faithful and meritorious service"; adjutant general on the staff of Governor Fenton in 1865 and 1866; moved to California and continued the practice of his profession until his death in San Francisco, Calif., November 12, 1882; interment in the Elmira Cemetery, Elmira, N.Y.

Page 1475 LORD, Bert, a Representative from New York; born in the town of Sanford, Broome County, N.Y., December 4, 1869; attended the public schools and the Afton (N.Y.) Union School and Academy; engaged in the mercantile business at Afton, N.Y., from 1893 to 1918, when he entered the lumber business and operated sawmills; served as supervisor of the town of Afton 1905-1915; member of the New York Assembly 1915-1922 and 1924-1929; served as commissioner of motor vehicles of the State of New York 1921-1923; member of the State senate 1929-1935; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, and Seventy-sixth Congresses and served from January 3, 1935, until his death in Washington, D.C., May 24, 1939; interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Afton, N.Y.

Page 1572 MITCHELL, Edward Archibald, a Representative from Indians; born in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., December 2, 1910; attended the grade and high schools and had three years of college training at the American Institute and Columbia University, New York City; moved to Evansville, Ind., in September 1937; engaged as a warehouseman and later as district manager for a large food distributor 1934-1937; in 1937 purchased a half interest in a food manufacturing and distributing company and served as president; during World War II served in the United States Navy from November 1942 until his discharge as a lieutenant commander in January 1946, having been commanding officer of underwater demolition teams in the Pacific theater for two years; awarded the Silver Star Medal at Okinawa; resumed his former business activities; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed his former business pursuits; is a resident of Evansville, Ind.

Page 1655 PATERSON, John, a Representative from New York; born in New Britain, Hartford County, Conn., in 1744; attended the common schools; completed preparatory studies, and was graduated from Yale College in 1762; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in New Britain and Lenox, Mass.; member of the Berkshire convention of 1774 and of the general court that became the first Provincial Congress in 1774; raised a regiment and participated in the Revolutionary War; colonel of the regiment from April to December 1775; colonel of the Fifteenth Continental Infantry January 1, 1776; brigadier general February 21, 1777, and served until the close of the war; brevetted major general September 30, 1783; after the war returned to Lenox, Mass., and was commander of the Massachusetts troops in putting down Shays' Rebellion; moved to Lisle, Broome County, N.Y., in 1790; member of the State assembly in 1792 and 1793; county judge of Broome County in 1798 and 1806; member of the committee to revise the constitution of the State of New York in 1801; elected to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1805); from 1805 until his death he devoted himself to farming; died in Lisle, N.Y. (now Whitneys Point), July 19, 1808; interment in Lenox Cemetery.

Page 1798 SEYMOUR, William, a Representative from New York; born in Connecticut about 1780; moved to Windsor, Broome County, N.Y., about 1793; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1806 and commenced practice in Binghamton, N.Y.; returned to Windsor in 1807; justice of the peace 1812-1828; in 1833, upon his appointment as first judge of the court of common pleas of Broome County, returned to Binghamton; elected as one of the first trustees of the village in 1834; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1837); again served as first judge of the court of common pleas in Broome County until 1847; resumed the practice of his profession in Binghamton, where he died December 28, 1848; interment in Binghamton Cemetery.

Page 1863 STEVENS, Raymond Bartlett, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., June 18, 1874; moved with his parents to Lisbon, Grafton County, N.H., in 1876; attended the public schools, Boston Latin School, Harvard University, and Harvard Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1899 and commenced practice in Lisbon, N.H.; member of the State house of representatives in 1909, 1911, 1913, and 1923; member of the State constitutional convention in 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); was not a candidate for renomination in 1914, having become a candidate for Senator; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1914; special counsel of the Federal Trade Commission 1915-1917; United States representative to the Allied Maritime Transport Council in 1917 and 1918; vice chairman of the United States Shipping Board 1917-1920; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920 and 1924; appointed adviser in foreign affairs to the King of Siam in January 1926, [p.1863] in which capacity he served until 1935, except for a six-month period during 1933 when he was a member of the Federal Trade Commission; member of the Federal Tariff Commission 1935-1942, serving as chairman 1937-1942; died at Indianapolis, Ind., May 18, 1942; interment on the grounds of the family residence at Landaff, N.H.

Page 1888 SWEET, Thaddeus C., a Representative from New York; born in Phoenix, Oswego County, N.Y., November 16, 1872; attended the public schools; was graduated from Phoenix Academy and High School; entered business and for two years served as a traveling salesman; in 1895 began the manufacture of paper and was president of the Sweet Paper Manufacturing Co.; also engaged in banking; town clerk of Phoenix 1896-1899; delegate to most all Republican National Conventions 1908-1927; member New York State Assembly 1910-1920, serving as speaker 1914-1920; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Luther W. Mott; reelected to the Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses and served from November 6, 1923, until his death as the result of an airplane accident at Whitney Point, Broome County, N.Y., May 1, 1928; interment in the Rural Cemetery, Phoenix, N.Y.

Page 1966 WALKER, Gilbert Carlton, a Representative from Virginia; born in South Gibson, Susquehanna County, Pa., August 1, 1833; received a thorough English training, and was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1854; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1855 and practiced in Owego, Broome County, N.Y., 1855-1859 and in Chicago, Ill., 1859-1864; moved to Norfolk, Va., in 1864 and continued the practice of law; also engaged in banking; Governor of Virginia 1869-1874; elected as a Conservative to the Forty-fourth Congress and as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; settled in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., in 1879 and practiced law for two years; moved to New York City in 1881 and continued the practice of law; served as president of the New York Underground Railroad Co.; died in New York City, N.Y., May 11, 1885; interment in Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, N.Y.