Smith Ely, Jr.

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Smith Ely, Jr.

Smith Ely, Jr. (April 17, 1825 – July 1, 1911) was the 82nd Mayor of New York City and member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Born in Hanover Township, Morris County, New Jersey in 1825, he completed preparatory studies and was graduated from the University of the City of New York (now New York University) and, in 1845, from New York University School of Law.[1] He was admitted to the bar the same year, but never practiced law. Instead, he engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York.

He was active in various public offices:

  • school commissioner, 1856–1860;
  • state senator, 1858 and 1859;
  • county supervisor, 1860–1870;
  • commissioner of public instruction, 1867;
  • Democratic Representative to the Forty-second Congress, March 4, 1871 - March 4, 1873; 'not' a candidate for renomination in 1872;
  • Representative to the Forty-fourth Congress, March 4, 1875, to the date of his resignation, December 11, 1876; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury; and
  • mayor of New York in 1877 and 1878.

In 1895, he was appointed commissioner of parks and served until 1897, when he retired from public life. In 1911, he died in Livingston, Essex County, New Jersey, where he was interred in a private cemetery on his farm.

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Mark Spencer
New York State Senate
5th District

1858–1859
Succeeded by
Bernard Kelly
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hervey C. Calkin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

1871–1873
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Creamer
Preceded by
Thomas J. Creamer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

1875—1876
Succeeded by
David Dudley Field II
Political offices
Preceded by
William H. Wickham
Mayor of New York City
1877–1878
Succeeded by
Edward Cooper

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