Alonzo S. Upham

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Alonzo Sidney Upham (June 9, 1811 Hamilton, Madison County, New York – August 12, 1882 Baldwinsville, Onondaga County, New York) was an American manufacturer and politician from New York.

Life[edit]

He was the son of Joshua Upham (1767–1855) and Lydia (Chamberlain) Upham (1771–1860). He was a carriage-maker, and later a manufacturer of railroad cars, in LeRoy, Genesee County, New York. On April 17, 1836, he married Mary Munro (1808–1864), and they had six children who all died in infancy.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Genesee Co., 2nd D.) in 1847 and 1848.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (28th D.) from 1850 to 1853, and from 1856 to 1857, sitting in the 73rd, 74th, 75th, 76th, 79th and 80th New York State Legislatures. He was Temporary Chairman of the Whig state convention of 1855. On January 29, 1856, he was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate (79th Session). He was President of the New York State Agricultural Society in 1857.

In 1862, he was nominated by President Abraham Lincoln as Secretary of the Territory of New Mexico, but was rejected by the U.S. Senate.

On December 11, 1867, he married Emily Louise Munro (1832–1920, a niece of his first wife), and they had a son who died when six years old.

He was buried at the Riverview Cemetery in Baldwinsville.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Aaron Long
New York State Assembly
Genesee County, 2nd District

1847–1848
Succeeded by
Martin C. Ward
New York State Senate
Preceded by
A. Hyde Cole
New York State Senate
28th District

1850–1853
Succeeded by
Ben Field
Preceded by
Ben Field
New York State Senate
23rd District

1856–1857
Succeeded by
John E. Paterson