Charles Dayan

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Charles Dayan, New York Congressman

Charles Dayan (July 8, 1792 Amsterdam, New York – December 25, 1877 Lowville, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.


After graduating from Lowville Academy, he became a teacher. He was commissioned a lieutenant colonel in the War of 1812. Afterwards he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1817, and practiced in Lowville.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (5th D.) from 1827 to 1828, sitting in the 50th and 51st New York State Legislatures. He was President pro tempore of the State Senate and Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York from October 17 to December 31, 1828.

Dayan was a presidential elector in 1828, voting for Andrew Jackson and John C. Calhoun.

He was elected as a Jacksonian to the 22nd United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1831, to March 3, 1833. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Lewis Co.) in 1835 and 1836.

From 1840 to 1845, he was District Attorney of Lewis County. He retired from public life because of ill health, but continued the practice of law.

He was buried at Lowville Rural Cemetery.


New York State Senate
Preceded by
George Brayton
New York State Senate
Fifth District (Class 2)

Succeeded by
William H. Maynard
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter R. Livingston
Lieutenant Governor of New York

Succeeded by
Enos T. Throop
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jonah Sanford,
Joseph Hawkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

with Daniel Wardwell
Succeeded by
Noadiah Johnson
New York Assembly
Preceded by
George D. Ruggles
New York State Assembly
Lewis Co.

Succeeded by
George D. Ruggles