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TOMPKINS, Arthur Sidney (1865-1938)

TOMPKINS, ARTHUR SIDNEY, a Representative from New York; born in Middleburg, Schoharie County, N.Y., August 26, 1865; moved with his parents to West Nyack, N.Y., in 1866; attended the public schools of Clarkstown and Nyack until 1878; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced practice in Nyack, Rockland County, N.Y.; police justice of Nyack, N.Y., 1887-1889; elected chairman of the Rockland County Republican committee in 1888; member of the State assembly in 1890; delegate to all Republican State conventions from 1888 to 1906; delegate or alternate to all Republican National Conventions from 1888 to 1900; county judge and surrogate of Rockland County 1893-1898; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1903); was not a candidate for renomination in 1902; resumed the practice of law in Nyack, N.Y.; elected justice of the supreme court of New York in 1906; reelected in 1920 and 1934; raised to the appellate division of the supreme court of New York in January 1930 and served until his retirement in 1936; died in Nyack, N.Y., January 20, 1938; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1900-1921, 4 items.
Correspondence of Arthur Sidney Tompkins.


Rockland Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1890-1935, 1.5 cubic feet.
The papers of Arthur S. Tompkins contain manuscript and typescript speeches, ca. 1907-1920, on woman suffrage, religion, patriotism, World War I, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, the lives of George and Martha Washington, and other political issues; news clippings on his judicial and political career and other Republican politics, 1908-1932; a program from an honorary dinner, 1935; and docket books of Tompkins and McFarlane, 1899-1906, and Tompkins and Bannister, 1890-1892, concerning cases taken to court.

  • Tompkins, Arthur S. The Puerto Rican tariff. Speech of Hon. Arthur S. Tompkins, of New York, in the House of Representatives, Saturday, February 24, 1900. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900.
  • Tompkins, Arthur S., ed. Historical record to the close of the nineteenth century of Rockland County, New York. Nyack, N.Y.: Van Deusen & Joyce, 1902.