John Winthrop Chanler
Life and career
John Winthrop Chanler was born in New York City on September 14, 1826, the son of John White Chanler and Elizabeth Shirreff Winthrop. His mother was a granddaughter of Peter Stuyvesant and a great-great-granddaughter of Wait Winthrop and Joseph Dudley.
Chanler received his early education from private tutors, and graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1847. He attended the University of Heidelberg, studied law, and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1851.
A Democrat affiliated with Tammany Hall, Chanler was member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 10th D.) in 1858 and 1859. He was nominated for New York State Senate in 1860 but declined. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress.
His term in Congress was notable for his censure on May 14, 1866 for an insult to the House of Representatives. The censure stemmed from a resolution he introduced expressing support for the vetoes of President Andrew Johnson, in which Chanler called acts of Congress vetoed by Johnson "wicked and revolutionary," and called House members who overruled the vetoes "malignant and mischievous."
The couple had ten children, including politicians William Astor Chanler and Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler, as well as the artist Robert Winthrop Chanler. Their third daughter Margaret Livingston Chanler served as a nurse with the American Red Cross during the Spanish-American War.
Death and burial
- John Winthrop Chanler at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- John Winthrop Chanler at Find a Grave
- Asher Crosby Hinds, Hinds' Precedents of the House of Representatives of the United States, Volume 2, 1907, page 798
- "Margaret Astor Chanler, Heroine of Porto Rico," Milwaukee Journal, Sept 8, 1898, p. 5.
- Donna M. Lucey, Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age. New York: Harmony Books, 2007. ISBN 1-4000-4852-4.
- Thomas, Lately. A pride of lions: the Astor orphans; the Chanler chronicle, W. Morrow, 1971.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district
1863 - 1869
Hervey C. Calkin
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