MEIGS, Henry (1782-1861)

MEIGS, HENRY, a Representative from New York; born in New Haven, Conn., October 28, 1782; attended the common schools; was graduated from Yale College in 1799; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York City; served in the War of 1812 with the rank of adjutant; member of the state assembly in 1818; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1821); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Sixteenth Congress); served as president of the board of aldermen of New York City in 1832 and 1833; judge of one of the city courts and afterward clerk of the court of general sessions; elected recording secretary of the American Institute in 1845, and retained this position in connection with the secretaryship of the Farmers' Club until his death; died in New York City on May 20, 1861; interment in St. Ann's Churchyard, Perth Amboy, N.J.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (October 12, 1807) in the DeWitt Clinton collection.
Finding aid in repository.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1817-1822. 135 items.
Primarily letters to his father.

  • Meigs, Henry. Address at the opening of the twenty-eighth annual fair of the American Institute. New-York: Pudney & Russell, printers, 1856.
  • ------. An address on the subject of agriculture and horticulture: Delivered in the Church of the Messiah on Thursday, October 9th, 1845. New-York: James Van Norden & Co., printers, 1845.
  • ------. Agricultural address, delivered in Castle Garden by direction of the American Institute. New York: J. H. Jennings, printer, 1846.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Meigs, of New York, on the restriction of slavery in Missouri. Delivered in the House of Representatives ... January 25, 1820. [Washington: N.p., 1820].