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Timothy JENKINS

(1799-1859)

JENKINS, Timothy, a Representative from New York; born in Barre, Worcester County, Mass., January 29, 1799; located in Washington County, N.Y., in 1817; pursued an academic course; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Oneida Castle, N.Y.; moved to Vernon, N.Y., in 1832; was attorney for the Oneida Indians in their dealings with the State of New York 1838-1845; district attorney for Oneida County 1840-1845; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1849); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; elected to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-second Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856 and was thereafter a Republican; died in Martinsburg, N.Y., December 24, 1859; interment in the City Cemetery, Oneida Castle, N.Y.

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

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