South Bend, Indiana , United States
|| March 23, 1823
|| January 13, 1885
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
Apr 15, 2011 01:35pm
|Info||COLFAX, Schuyler - attorney and politician; U.S. Vice President and Speaker of the U.S. House. |
Born 3/23/1823 in New York City NY; parents were Schuyler & Hannah (Stryker) Colfax. Dutch Reformed Church.
Relocated to Indiana.
Deputy auditor, South Bend IN, 1841-1849
Asst. enrolling clerk, IN Senate, 1842-44
Correspondent for the "Indiana State Journal," 1842-1843
Editor, "South Bend Free Press," 1843-1845
Married Evelyn E. Clark 10/10/1844
Candidate for Clerk, IN State House, 1847
Secretary, Chicago River and Harbors Convention, 1847
Delegate to the Whig Party National Convention, 1848, 1852
Delegate to the Indiana Constitutional Convention, 1850
Candidate for U.S. House (W-IN) 1851
Delegate to the national Native American Party Council, 1855
U.S. Rep. (R-IN) 1855-1869, speaker 1863-1869. Implicated in the Credit Mobilier scandal but was exonerated of wrongdoing
Declined the nomination for IN Governor on the Republican ticket, 1856 and 1860
Married (2) Ellen W. Wade 11/18/1866; one son, Schuyler Colfax III.
Vice President of the United States (Republican) 1869-1873; not re-nominated at the 1872 Republican National Convention
Declined nomination for U.S. House on the Greenback ticket, 1878 and 1882.
Died 1/13/1885 in Mankato MN
James T. Havel, 1:119; Image source (large photo): [Link]