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Thomas William CUMMING

(1814/1815-1855)

CUMMING, Thomas William, a Representative from New York; born in Frederick, Md., in 1814 or 1815; moved to Georgia; appointed a midshipman in the United States Navy May 19, 1832; was promoted to passed midshipman June 23, 1838, and served until February 23, 1841, when he resigned; while in the Navy was a member of the Wilkes expedition in 1838; moved to Brooklyn, N.Y.; became a druggist and importer of drugs in New York City and subsequently engaged in mercantile pursuits in Brooklyn, N.Y., 1843-1853; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); died in Brooklyn, N.Y., October 13, 1855; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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