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William DORSHEIMER

(1832-1888)

DORSHEIMER, William, a Representative from New York; born in Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y., February 5, 1832; moved to Buffalo, N.Y., with his parents in 1836; attended the common schools, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and Harvard University; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Buffalo, N.Y.; was appointed a major in the United States Army in August 1861 and served as aide-de-camp on the staff of General Frémont; United States attorney for the northern district of New York 1867-1871; delegate to the Liberal Republican Convention at Cincinatti in 1872; member of the first board of park commissioners of Buffalo; Lieutenant Governor of New York 1875-1880; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876; commissioner of the State survey in 1876 and president of the commission in 1883; moved to New York City in 1880 and continued the practice of law; appointed commissioner of the State reservation at Niagara, N.Y., in 1883; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1884; appointed United States district attorney for the southern district of New York in 1885; resigned the same year, having become owner of the New York Star; died in Savannah, Ga., March 26, 1888, while en route to Florida for a visit; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.

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

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