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Newton Martin CURTIS

(1835-1910)

CURTIS, Newton Martin, a Representative from New York; born in De Peyster, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., May 21, 1835; attended the common schools and Gouverneur Wesleyan Seminary; entered the Union Army as captain of Company G, Sixteenth Regiment, New York Infantry, May 15, 1861; lieutenant colonel of the One Hundred and Forty-second Regiment, New York Infantry, October 23, 1862; colonel January 21, 1863; brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers October 28, 1864; brigadier general January 15, 1865; brevetted major general of Volunteers March 13, 1865; awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor; appointed collector of customs, district of Oswegatchie, N.Y., in 1866; appointed special agent of the United States Treasury Department in 1867, which position he resigned in 1880; employed by the Department of Justice 1880-1882; member of the State assembly 1884-1890; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Leslie W. Russell; reelected to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses and served from November 3, 1891, to March 3, 1897; chairman, Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives (Fifty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; assistant inspector general of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 1910; died in New York City on January 8, 1910; interment in Ogdensburg Cemetery, Ogdensburg, N.Y.

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

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