David S. Walbridge

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David Safford Walbridge (July 30, 1802 – June 15, 1868) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Walbridge was born in Bennington, Vermont where he attended the common schools. He moved to New York in 1820 and engaged in mercantile and agricultural pursuits at Geneseo from 1820 to 1826 and at Jamestown from 1826 to 1842. Then he moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1842 and again engaged in mercantile pursuits as well as becoming a large landowner and stock raiser.

Walbridge was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives in 1848 and served from 1849 to 1850 in the Michigan Senate. He served as permanent chairman of the first Republican State convention held July 6, 1854, at Jackson, Michigan. In 1854, he defeated incumbent Democrat Samuel Clark to be elected as a Republican from Michigan's 3rd congressional district to the 34th United States Congress. He was re-elected to the 35th Congress, serving from March 4, 1855 to March 3, 1859.

David S. Walbridge later resumed his former pursuits and was also appointed by President Andrew Johnson to serve as postmaster of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He died there and was interred in Mountain Home Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "David S. Walbridge (id: W000029)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Clark
United States Representative for the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan
Succeeded by
Francis W. Kellogg