Born in Greenfield Hill, Connecticut, Wakeman completed preparatory studies and graduated from Herkimer Academy. He studied law at Little Falls, New York. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York City in 1847. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 4th D.) in 1850 and 1851.
Wakeman was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857). He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Wakeman raised the Eighty-first Pennsylvania Volunteers. He served as Postmaster of New York City from March 21, 1862, to September 18, 1864, and later as Surveyor of the Port of New York City. He later resumed the practice of law.
- United States Congress. "Abram Wakeman (id: W000027)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-03-21
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