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  Conkling, Roscoe
NameRoscoe Conkling
Utica, New York , United States
Born October 30, 1829
DiedApril 18, 1888 (58 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Jan 01, 2015 05:39pm
InfoCONKLING, Roscoe - Republican politician in New York State who served in the U.S. House and Senate.

Born in Albany NY, 10/30/1829, son of Alfred Conkling. His older brother Frederick A. Conkling was also a well-known politician.

Moved with his parents to Auburn, N.Y., in 1839; completed an academic course; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1850 and commenced practice in Utica, N.Y.

District attorney (W-Oneida County) 1850-1858

Mayor (R-Utica) 1858-1859

U.S. Representative (R-NY) 1859-1863, defeated for re-election in 1862. Chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Thirty-seventh Congress)

U.S. Representative (R-NY) 1865-1867. As a prominent member of the Radical Republicans and opponents of Pres. Johnson's Reconstruction policy, Conkling was elected to the U.S. Senate by the New York legislature

U.S. Senator (R-NY) 1867-1881. Chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws of the United States (Fortieth through Forty-third Congresses), Committee on Commerce (Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Engrossed Bills (Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses). Resigned from office on 5/16/1881 to protest Pres. Garfield's appointments in New York State. Conkling was an unsuccesssful candidate to fill his own vacancy.

Leader of the Stalwart faction of the Republican Party in the latter half of the Hayes administration and supported President Grant at the 1880 Republican National Convention

Resumed the practice of law in New York City

Declined to accept a nomination to the United States Supreme Court in 1882

Died in New York City, at 1:50 a.m., 4/18/1888; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, N.Y.

New York Times 4/18/1888


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Importance? 9.60000 Average

Wife Julia Seymour Conkling 00, 0000-Apr 18, 1888
Father Alfred Conkling 1789-1874
Brother Frederick A. Conkling 1816-1891
Nephew Howard Conkling 0000-
Nephew Alfred R. Conkling 1850-1917
Father In-Law Henry Seymour 1780-1837

  01/21/1879 NY US Senate Won 75.00% (+51.35%)
  06/16/1876 US President - R Convention Lost 8.44% (-24.30%)
  01/21/1873 NY US Senate Won 77.24% (+55.86%)
  01/15/1867 NY US Senate Won 69.66% (+40.00%)
  01/10/1867 NY US Senate - R Caucus Won 54.13% (+9.17%)
  11/06/1866 NY District 21 Won 53.01% (+6.02%)
  11/08/1864 NY District 21 Won 52.52% (+5.05%)
  11/04/1862 NY District 21 Lost 49.75% (-0.50%)
  11/06/1860 NY District 20 Won 58.28% (+16.57%)
  11/02/1858 NY District 20 Won 57.33% (+14.65%)
US President - R Convention - Jun 08, 1880 R Ulysses S. Grant