John R. Thurman

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This article is about the U.S. Representative from New York. For the British scout, see John Thurman.

John Richardson Thurman (October 6, 1814 - July 24, 1854) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in New York City, Thurman graduated from Columbia University in 1835.[1] He moved to Chestertown, Warren County and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was also involved in several businesses, including serving as a Director of the Sacket's Harbor and Saratoga Railroad.[2] He also speculated in land, as evidenced by the fact that his widow and children sold some of their holdings to the Delaware and Hudson Railroad during its construction.[3]

He held several local offices, including Associate Judge of the Warren County Court.[4]

Thurman was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1850. After leaving Congress Thurman to managing his farm and other interests.

He died at his home near Friends Lake in Chestertown on July 24, 1854.[5] He was interred in the family cemetery. He was reinterred in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Columbia University, Catalogue of Columbia College, 1844, page 54
  2. ^ G. M. Davison, Printer, Pamphlets on the Sacket's Harbor and Saratoga Railroad Company, 1853, page 2
  3. ^ Delaware and Hudson Company, Corporate History of the Delaware and Hudson Company, Volume 3, 1907, pages 50, 56-58, 78, 107, 100
  4. ^ John Doggett, Jr., editor, Great Metropolis: Or Guide to New York, 1844, page 116
  5. ^ Plattsburgh Republican, July, 1854

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sidney Lawrence
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 15th congressional district

1849-1851
Succeeded by
Joseph Russell

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