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Frederick Augustus CONKLING

(1816-1891)

CONKLING, Frederick Augustus, (son of Alfred Conkling and brother of Roscoe Conkling), a Representative from New York; born in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, N.Y., August 22, 1816; pursued classical studies and attended the Albany Academy; engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York City; member of the State assembly in 1854, 1859, and 1860; organized the Eighty-fourth Regiment, New York Volunteers, in June 1861 and became its colonel; served throughout the Shenandoah campaign; one of the organizers of the West Side Savings Bank of New York City and served as its president for many years; subsequently he became president of the Aetna Fire Insurance Co., of Hartford, Conn., and served until its dissolution in 1880; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress; was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for mayor of New York City in 1868; author of numerous pamphlets on political, commercial, and scientific subjects; died in New York City, on September 18, 1891; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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