HUMPHREY, Charles (1792-1850)

HUMPHREY, CHARLES, a Representative from New York; born in Little Britain, Orange County, N.Y., February 14, 1792; moved to Newburgh, N.Y., at an early age and attended the Newburgh Academy; commenced the study of law; entered the United States Army at the beginning of the War of 1812 as first sergeant of Newburgh Company Number Five; commissioned captain in the Forty-first Regiment, United States Infantry, on August 15, 1813; resumed the study of law; was admitted to the bar in Newburgh, N.Y., January 11, 1816; moved to Ithaca, N.Y., in 1818 and engaged in the practice of law; elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth Congress (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1827); president of the village of Ithaca in 1828 and 1829; elected surrogate of Tompkins County and served from March 4, 1831, to January 8, 1834; member of the State assembly 1834-1836 and in 1842; speaker of the assembly in 1835 and 1836; appointed clerk of the New York Supreme Court in 1843 and held that position until 1847; died in Albany, N.Y., April 17, 1850; interment in City Cemetery, Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1810-1849, 35 items.
A group of incoming letters relating mostly to political matters such as dispensing patronage jobs to allies in the Democratic Party or awarding bank charters. Some of these letters provide insight into the politics involved in the construction of the Chenango Canal and Erie Railroad.


Cornell University
Carl A. Kroch Library
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In the Cornell Public Library Collection, ca. 1818-1905, 216 items.
Subjects covered include Charles Humphrey. An unpublished guide to the papers is available in the repository.