Dwight Townsend

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Dwight Townsend
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
December 5, 1864 – March 3, 1865
Preceded by Henry G. Stebbins
Succeeded by Stephen Taber
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by Henry A. Reeves
Succeeded by Henry J. Scudder
Personal details
Born (1826-09-26)September 26, 1826
New York City, New York, United States
Died October 29, 1899(1899-10-29) (aged 73)
New York City, New York, United States
Resting place Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Political party Democratic
Education Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
Occupation Businessman

Dwight Townsend (September 26, 1826 – October 29, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Biography[edit]

Born in New York City, Townsend was educated at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. He worked in the sugar refining business, and was active in other ventures including the Equitable Life Assurance Society and the Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph Company.[1][2][3]

Townsend was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry G. Stebbins and served from December 5, 1864, to March 3, 1865. During this term, Townsend voted "nay" (the minority position) on the question of adopting the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.[4]

Townsend was elected to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873). He did not run for reelection, and resumed his former business pursuits.

Death and burial[edit]

He died in New York City on October 29, 1899.[5] He was interred in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ohio Commissioner of Railroads and Telegraphs, Annual Report, 1888, page 1170
  2. ^ The Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer, Death notice, Dwight Townsend, November 4, 1899, page 297
  3. ^ Equitable Life Assurance Society, The First Fifty Years of the Equitable Life Assurance Society, 1909, page 19
  4. ^ Hart, Albert Bushnell, editor (1901). American History Told by Contemporaries: Welding of the Nation, 1845-1900. New York, NY: The MacMillan Company. p. 467. 
  5. ^ New York Times, Death List of a Day: Dwight Townsend, October 30, 1899
  6. ^ Dwight Townsend at Find a Grave, retrieved March 3, 2014

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry G. Stebbins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

1864–1865
Succeeded by
Stephen Taber
Preceded by
Henry A. Reeves
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

1871–1873
Succeeded by
Henry J. Scudder