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VAN VOORHIS, John (1826-1905)

VAN VOORHIS, JOHN, a Representative from New York; born in Decatur, Otsego County, N.Y., on October 22, 1826; pursued an academic course; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y.; member of the board of education in 1857; city attorney in 1859; appointed collector of internal revenue for the twenty-eighth district of New York and served from September 1, 1862, to March 31, 1863; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); chairman, Committee on Mines and Mining (Forty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Rochester, N.Y.; elected to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Rochester, N.Y., and died there on October 20, 1905; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Frederick Douglass Papers, ca. 1841-1967, 18.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include John Van Voorhis.


Yale University Library
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Richard Henry Pratt Papers, 1862-1956, 21.43 linear feet.
Persons represented include John Van Voorhis.

  • Van Voorhis, John. Brief of John Van Voorhis. [Washington?: N.p., 1903?]