Thomas G. Alvord

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Thomas Gold Alvord
Thomas Gold Alvord I.jpg
Born (1810-12-20)December 20, 1810
Onondaga, New York
Died October 26, 1897(1897-10-26) (aged 86)
Syracuse, New York
Other names Old Salt
Education Yale College (1828)
Title Lieutenant Governor of New York
Term 1865-1866
Spouse(s) Amelia Ann Kellogg
Charlotte Curtis Merrill Alvord
Children Elisha Alvord (1843-1910)
Helen Lansing Alvord Cheney (1852-1915)
Charlotte Curtis Alvord (1854-1858)
Thomas Gold Alvord III (1856-1937)
Frank Earll Alvord (1859-1862)
Parents Elisha Alvord
Helen Lansing

Thomas Gold Alvord (December 20, 1810 – October 26, 1897) was an American lawyer, merchant and politician. Throughout his political career he was known as Old Salt.

Life[edit]

He was born on December 20, 1810 in Onondaga, New York, to Elisha Alvord and Helen Lansing. His grandfather Thomas Gold Alvord was a soldier in the French and Indian War and served in the American Revolutionary War.[1]

In 1813, the family moved to Lansingburgh, New York. He graduated from Yale College in 1828. Then he studied law with Thomas A. Tomlinson and George A. Simmons at Keeseville, New York, was admitted to the bar in 1832, and commenced practice at Salina, New York. In 1846, he became a lumber merchant.[1]

He began his political career as a Democrat, joined the Free Soil Party in 1848, and was elected to the Assembly term of 1858 as a Democrat. In 1861, he became a War Democrat, chaired the Union Convention at Syracuse, was nominated to run for the Assembly, and was endorsed by the Republicans and elected without opposition. For the terms from 1864 to 1872, he was elected as a Republican. For the term of 1874, he was elected as an Independent, defeating the Republican incumbent.[1]

He was a member from Onondaga County of the New York State Assembly in 1844, 1858, 1862, 1864, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1874, 1875, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881 and 1882. He was Speaker in 1858, 1864 and 1879.[1]

He was the Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1865 to 1866.[1]

He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Conventions in 1867 and 1894,[2] and was chosen vice president on both occasions.[1]

He died on October 26, 1897, in Syracuse, New York;[3] and was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery there.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f John Howard Brown (ed.). "Thomas Gold Alvord". The Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Retrieved 2012-11-08. His paternal grandfather, Thomas Gold Alvord, was a soldier in the French and Indian war of 1756, and also served in the Revolutionary war, as did his maternal ... 
  2. ^ JOSEPH H. CHOATE TO PRESIDE in the New York Times on May 8, 1894
  3. ^ "Thomas Gold Alvord". New York Times. October 27, 1897. Retrieved 2012-11-08. Thomas Gold Alvord. Ex-Lieut. Gen. Thomas Gold Alvord died yesterday morning of old age at his home in Syracuse. He had been confined to his bed for more ... 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Sidney Smith
New York State Assembly
Onondaga County, 2nd District

1858
Succeeded by
Henry W. Slocum
Preceded by
Austin Myers
New York State Assembly
Onondaga County, 2nd District

1862
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Elizur Clark
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Elizur Clark
New York State Assembly
Onondaga County, 2nd District

1864
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Daniel P. Wood
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James V. Kendall
New York State Assembly
Onondaga County, 1st District

1870–1872
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William H. H. Gere
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William H. H. Gere
New York State Assembly
Onondaga County, 1st District

1874–1875
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Allen Munroe
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Allen Munroe
New York State Assembly
Onondaga County, 1st District

1877–1882
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James Geddes
Political offices
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DeWitt Clinton Littlejohn
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1858
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DeWitt Clinton Littlejohn
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Theophilus C. Callicot
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1864
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George Gilbert Hoskins
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David R. Floyd-Jones
Lieutenant Governor of New York
1865–1866
Succeeded by
Stewart L. Woodford
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James W. Husted
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1879
Succeeded by
George H. Sharpe
Preceded by
Erastus Brooks
Minority Leader in the New York State Assembly
1882
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Theodore Roosevelt