CORNING, Erastus, (grandfather of Parker Corning), a Representative from New York; born in Norwich, Conn., December 14, 1794; moved to Troy, N.Y., and thence, in 1814, to Albany, where he established himself in iron manufacturing; served in the State senate 1842-1845; alderman of Albany; mayor 1834-1837; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Thirty-sixth Congress; member of the peace conference of 1861; elected to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses and served from March 4, 1861, to October 5, 1863, when he resigned; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867; died in Albany, N.Y., April 9, 1872; interment in Rural Cemetery.
BibliographyNeu, Irene Dorothy. Erastus Corning, Merchant and Financier, 1794-1872. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1960. Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present