DICKINSON, Daniel Stevens (1800-1866)

DICKINSON, DANIEL STEVENS, a Senator from New York; born in Goshen, Conn., September 11, 1800; moved with his parents to Guilford, Chenango County, N.Y., in 1806; attended the common schools; apprenticed to a clothier; taught school for several years; subsequently engaged in land surveying; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1828 and commenced practice in Guilford, N.Y.; postmaster of Guilford 1827-1832; moved to Binghamton, N.Y.; first president of the city of Binghamton in 1834; member, State senate 1837-1840; lieutenant governor and ex officio president of the senate and president of the court of errors 1842-1844; appointed and subsequently elected in 1844 as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Nathaniel P. Tallmadge; reelected in 1845 and served from November 30, 1844, to March 3, 1851; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Finance (1849), Committee on Manufactures (Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses), Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-first Congress); resumed the practice of law; appointed collector of the port of New York, but declined the position; elected attorney general of the State in 1861; appointed United States commissioner for the final settlement of the Hudson Bay and Puget Sound agricultural claims 1864; appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as United States attorney for the southern district of New York 1865-1866; died in New York City on April 12, 1866; interment in Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 2 items.

Broome County Historical Society
Binghamton, NY
Papers: 1839-1882 (bulk 1848-1866). 150 items. Includes personal, business, political, and social correspondence (some photocopies), clippings, speeches, photographs, and portraits.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in William C. Bouck papers, 1727-1866.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Warren Hunting Smith Library
Geneva, NY
Papers: 1 pamphlet.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in William Wilson Corcoran papers, 1791-1896. Finding aid.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1831-1860. 9 items. Correspondence.

New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1829-1866. 48 items. Also 1 letter (1847) in the Emmet collection.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 7 letters (1838-1864) in various collections.

Newberry Library
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1799-1892. 164 items. Correspondence and documents relating to his career. Finding aid.

Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: In Oscar Bullus letters received, 1816-1867.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: 3 letters (1859, 1864) in Gerrit Smith papers.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 9 letters by and 2 to Dickinson (1846-1866) in various collections. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Irving Goodwin Vann collection, 1778-1887 (bulk 1822-1887).

  • Dickinson, John R., ed. Speeches, Correspondence, etc., of the Late Daniel S. Dickinson, of New York. 2 vols. New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons, 1867.
  • Hinman, Marjory B. Daniel S. Dickinson: Defender of the Constitution. Windsor, NY: Marjory B. Hinman, 1987.