George Briggs (New York politician)

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George Briggs
George Briggs - Brady-Handy.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Frederick A. Tallmadge
Succeeded by William M. Tweed
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Preceded by Elijah Ward
Succeeded by Elijah Ward
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
1837
Personal details
Born May 6, 1805 (1805-05-06)
Broadalbin, New York
Died June 1, 1869 (1869-07) (aged 64)
Saratoga Springs, New York, U.S.
Political party

Whig

Republican
Profession Hardware dealer, politician

George Briggs (May 6, 1805 – June 1, 1869) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New York.

Biography[edit]

Born near Broadalbin, Fulton County, New York Briggs moved to Vermont in 1812 with his parents, who settled in Bennington. He attended the public schools.

Career[edit]

Biggs engaged in business as a dealer in hardware, and was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1837. He returned to New York, settling in New York City in 1838 and continuing in the hardware business.

Elected as a Whig to the 31st and 32nd United States Congresses, Biggs was United States Representative for the fifth district of New York from March 4, 1849, to March 3, 1853. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852.

Briggs was then elected as a Republican to the 36th United States Congress, and was United States Representative for the seventh district of New York from March 4, 1859, to March 3, 1861. During the thirty-sixth Congress he was Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Claims. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1860 and retired. In 1866 he was a delegate to the National Union Convention at Philadelphia.

Death[edit]

Briggs died at his summer home, "Woodlawn," at Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York, on June 1, 1869 (age 64 years, 26 days). He is interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Briggs". Find A Grave. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 

External links[edit]


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick A. Tallmadge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Succeeded by
William M. Tweed
Preceded by
Elijah Ward
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Succeeded by
Elijah Ward