George H. Boughton

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This page is about the NY politician, for the painter see George Henry Boughton

George Hezekiah Boughton (July 31, 1792 – April 28, 1866) was an American politician.


He was born on July 31, 1792, in West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The family removed to Canandaigua, New York in 1795. During the War of 1812, he fought in the Battle of Queenston Heights.

During the construction of the Erie Canal, he opened a supply store at a place where the canal was cut through a mountain ridge, and which became the village of Lockport. In 1822, he became the first Postmaster of Lockport. On December 19, 1827, he married Eliza Bates at Hopewell, New York.

He was an Anti-Masonic member of the New York State Senate (8th D.) from 1829 to 1830, sitting in the 52nd and 53rd New York State Legislatures.

In October 1839, he was appointed by Governor William H. Seward a Canal Appraiser. In February 1840, he was elected by the New York State Legislature a Canal Commissioner, and remained in office until February 1842 when the Democratic majority removed the Whig commissioners. From November 1852 to March 1853, he was again a Canal Appraiser.

He died on April 28, 1866, in Lockport, Niagara County, New York.


New York State Senate
Preceded by
Charles H. Carroll
New York State Senate
Eighth District (Class 4)

1829 - 1830
Succeeded by
Trumbull Cary