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HEWITT, Abram Stevens (1822-1903)

HEWITT, ABRAM STEVENS, a Representative from New York; born in Haverstraw, N.Y., July 31, 1822; attended the public schools of New York City and was graduated from Columbia College in 1842; studied law; was admitted to practice in October 1845; his eyesight failing, he engaged in the iron business with Peter Cooper and established works in New Jersey and Pennsylvania; appointed one of the ten United States scientific commissioners to visit the French Exposition Universelle of 1867 and made a report on iron and steel, which was published by Congress; organized and managed the Cooper Union for the advancement of science and art; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; elected to the Forty-seventh, Forty-eighth, and Forty-ninth Congresses and served from March 4, 1881, until December 30, 1886, when he resigned; mayor of New York City in 1887 and 1888; appointed member of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in 1900; elected a trustee of Columbia University in 1901; died in New York City January 18, 1903; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: May 1, 1883. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.

Columbia University
New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1840-1850. 14 volumes and 1 file box.
Lecture notes and college themes and exercises.

Papers: In Allan Nevins papers, ca. 1915-present. ca. 70 boxes.

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Library
Cooper-Hewitt Collection
New York, NY
Papers: Quantity unknown.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1862-1902. 27 items.
Includes letter books written while mayor of New York City.

Peabody Institute Archives
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the records of the Office of the Provost, 1866-1911. 13 feet.
Correspondence relating to the library of the Institute from Stevens as manager of the Cooper Union.

  • Condon, Thomas J. "Politics, Reform and the New York City Election of 1886." New-York Historical Society Quarterly 44 (October 1960): 363-93.
  • Hewitt, Abram S. Selected Writings of Abram S. Hewitt. Edited by Allan Nevins. New York: Columbia University Press, 1937.
  • Nevins, Allan. Abram S. Hewitt: With Some Account of Peter Cooper. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1935. Reprint, New York: Octagon Books, 1967
  • Post, Louis Freeland. An Account of the George-Hewitt Campaign in the New York Municipal Election of 1886. New York: John W. Lovell Company, [1886].