Daniel G. Garnsey

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Daniel Greene Garnsey (June 17, 1779 Columbia County, New York - May 11, 1851 Gowanda, Cattaraugus County, New York) was an American politician from New York, Michigan and Illinois.


He was the son of Isaac B. Garnsey (1758–1824) and Elizabeth (Spier) Garnsey (1754–1838), born in that part of the Town of Canaan which was separated in 1818 as New Lebanon. On April 26, 1803, he married Lucy Hudson (1779–1870) in Troy, and they had eight children. Later he removed to Half Moon. He joined the New York State Militia in 1805, was Brigade Inspector of Saratoga County from 1810 to 1811, fought as major in the War of 1812, and was Brigade Inspector of Chautauqua County in 1817.

He studied law in Norwich, was admitted to the bar in 1811 and practiced in Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. In 1816, he removed to the area in the Town of Pomfret which became later the Village of Dunkirk. He was Surrogate of Chautauqua County from 1819 to 1821, and District Attorney from 1818 to 1826.

Garnsey was elected as a Jacksonian to the 19th and 20th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1825, to March 3, 1829.

In 1831, he removed to Battle Creek, Michigan. He was Postmaster, and Government Superintendent of Public Works near Detroit and Ypsilanti. He served with Gen. Winfield Scott in the Black Hawk War in 1832.

He removed to Rock Island, Illinois. On March 22, 1841, he was appointed by President William Henry Harrison as Receiver of Public Moneys at the Land Office in Dixon, Illinois, and served until removed by President John Tyler on August 25, 1843.

Garnsey died suddenly in Gowanda while traveling from Philadelphia, where he had visited his daughter, to attend at Dunkirk the celebration of the completion of the Erie Railroad, and was buried at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Gowanda.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Albert H. Tracy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

1825 - 1829
Succeeded by
Ebenezer F. Norton