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Elbridge Gerry LAPHAM

(1814-1890)
Senate Years of Service:
1881-1885
Party:
Republican

LAPHAM, Elbridge Gerry, a Representative and a Senator from New York; born in Farmington, N.Y., October 18, 1814; attended the public schools and the Canandaigua Academy; studied civil engineering and law; admitted to the bar in 1844 and practiced in Canandaigua, N.Y.; member of the constitutional convention of New York in 1867; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1875, until his resignation July 29, 1881, having been elected Senator; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1876 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against ex-Secretary of War William W. Belknap; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on July 22, 1881, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Roscoe Conkling and served from August 2, 1881, to March 3, 1885; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Fish and Fisheries (Forty-eighth Congress); resumed the practice of law in Canandaigua, N.Y.; died at “Glen Gerry,” on Canandaigua Lake, N.Y., January 8, 1890; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, N.Y.

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

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