David B. Mellish

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David Batcheller Mellish (January 2, 1831 – May 23, 1874) was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, he attended the public schools, became a printer in Worcester, taught school in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, was a proofreader in New York City, a reporter on the New York Tribune, and was a stenographer to the police board of New York City for ten years. He was appointed assistant appraiser of merchandise for the port of New York in 1871.

Mellish was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress and held office from March 4, 1873 until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1874; interment was in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn, Massachusetts.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Fernando Wood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1873 – May 23, 1874
Succeeded by
Richard Schell